Exactly one year ago Luis Gerardo Méndez and the Sonoro collective premiered a podcast series called Drug addiction: the Mexican experiment. This was a story based on the work of the Dr. Leopoldo Salazar Viniegrawho in the 1940s devised a strategy in Mexico to deal with the problem of drug addiction.
Well, the delivery was very well received and now will be adapted as a movie by Paramount+. This was announced this Wednesday, April 20 (that’s right, in the mere celebration of ‘420’ around the world), along with some details of what will be done.
What is ‘Drug addiction’ about?
Believe it or not, there was a moment in the contemporary history of Mexico in which drugs were legalized. As reported by the BBC, President Lázaro Cárdenas enacted the Federal Drug Addiction Regulations, which, broadly speaking, was based on the fact that the drug problem in the country should be treated as a health issue and not as a crime.
The most important thing about that law was that drug addicts (formally called drug addicts). they would not be treated as criminals, but as patients. The Mexican health system could provide them with controlled amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin through dispensaries, so that they could cope with their addiction and reintegrate into society.
The plan worked to the point that there was even a change in the arrests of drug dealers and for the same reason, the issue of corruption in the police decreased… and all this was thanks to the proposals of the Dr. Leopoldo Salazar Viniegrawho is the person the podcast is based on Drug addiction: the Mexican experiment from Luis Gerardo Mendez Y Sonorous.
Paramount+ will adapt Luis Gerardo Méndez’s podcast into a movie
This podcast was only launched in 2021 with a great reception from the public. In the show, we are shown the story of Leopoldo Salazar (played by Luis Gerardo Méndez) as he enacts his idea that prohibitionism is not the solution to the drug problem in the country.
Throughout the episodes, we see him deal with taunts and finger pointing from the medical community. Of course, once the government decides to pay attention to their proposals, it is seen that they actually work and affect the businesses of some well-known drug traffickers of the time such as “Lola the flat”. Great story, don’t you think?
well now, Drug addiction: the Mexican experiment It will officially be a movie. According to Deadlines, Paramount+ will work hand in hand with the production house Cine Vaquero (by Luis Gerardo Méndez and Gerardo Gatica) to adapt the podcast into a feature film to be directed by Sebastián Hoffman with an adapted script by David Gaitán.
For now, it is only known that Luis Gerardo Méndez will be executive producer on this film. It is not known if the actor will play Dr. Leopoldo Salazar Viniegra again this time or if the role will be cast, but without a doubt it is a new project that looks interesting.
Here below we leave our interview with Luis Gerardo about the podcast drug addictionwhere he tells us more about Dr. Salazar, his project and how it was that after only six months, the Mexican government canceled the Federal Drug Addiction Regulation.
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