A nightmare of immense proportions for any opiate user watching this film. Watch the simply mindblowing film about a handful of opiate users in California in the early 1980’s who, after injecting what they thought was heroin, woke up completely frozen – in body and voice – but not mind. Locked into a prison of their own bodies, their stories confounded doctors until bit by bit they managed to unravel what had happened to them and so began the long, long road as they endeavored to cure them of their condition, despite at times creating other situations that were as bad if not worse than the original Parkinson-like condition they initially faced.
Crucially, I think it is worth mentioning that the underground chemist who was trying to manufactuer a synthetic form of heroin known as MPPP, rushed the process and came up with something called MPTP, a drug that destroyed peoples dopamine receptors, leaving them unable to produce dopamine and thus leaving them frozen in their bodies. See text below the video for link to information on MPTP and MPPP. This is yet another byproduct of prohibition, where the law allows underground labs to flourish and horrendous mistakes like this to occur. This is not to say mistakes don’t occur in big pharma although in general, research techniques ensure such enormous problems are found before such drugs find their way to market. You can also follow up the stories of these amazing individuals whom our hearts go out to, on google etc.
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NOTE on MPPP and MTPT: While MPTP itself has no psychoactive effects, the compound may be accidentally produced during the manufacture ofMPPP, a synthetic opioid drug with effects similar to those of morphine and pethidine (meperidine). The Parkinson-inducing effects of MPTP were first discovered following accidental ingestion as a result of contaminated MPPP. For more info on MPTP and MPPP, click here.