A Hudson, Massachusetts, mother struggling with addiction says she is furious with a skit that aired this weekend on "Saturday Night Live."
Renee Cotton says her son is a recovering heroin addict currently in rehab, so when a fake commercial for “Heroin AM” came across her screen she reached out.
"As a mother who has to watch my addict suffer, it hits a chord. I'm not OK with it,” she said.
Cotton even started a petition on change.org to have NBC and SNL apologize for the commercial and in just one day it has more than 6,000 signatures.
She says the fake ad makes light of the current opioid epidemic, minimizing the seriousness of the drug and its addictive nature and makes fun of the pain caused by heroin addiction.
“I know 'Saturday Night Live' can be a bit of a button pusher, they're good at poking fun at certain things like politics and war, but I just thought this was very insensitive and affected a lot of people that are really struggling right now,” she said.
WFXT reached out to NBC for comment, and while officials there have not issued a statement they did acknowledge that they are aware of the petition.
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