Sure by now, you’ve been warned about leaving your drink unattended or accepting business cards from random people just outta the blue.
Well this is because you might be in a treat for the most dangerous drug in the world: ‘Devil’s Breath’. The drug is formally known as ‘scopolamine’ called ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America.
Devil’s Breath is derived from the flower of the “borrachero” shrub, common in the South American country of Colombia. The seeds, when powdered and extracted via a chemical process, contain a chemical similar to scopolamine called “burandanga”.
This street drug is available through prescription, used to treat motion sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. It is also sometimes used before surgery to decrease saliva.
In Colombia, where its use seems to be most widespread, “unofficial estimates” of scopolamine events are at roughly 50,000 per year. The drug is odourless and tasteless and can simply be blown in the face of someone on the street; their free will vanishes after being exposed to it. Either inhaled, spiked in a drink or soaked on paper/business card, victims fall into a kind of “hypnotic state ” and they’re taken advantage of, even as simple as taking orders and they will simply obey to anything they’re asked/ requested to do. Stories surrounding the drug are the stuff of urban legends, with some telling horror stories of how people were raped, forced to empty their bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an organ.
– Scopolamine often blown into faces of victims or added to drinks
– Within minutes, victims are like ‘zombies’ – coherent, but with no free will
– Some victims report emptying bank accounts to robbers or helping them pillage own house
We came across this interesting Documentary by VICE which takes you a step closer to the drug. VICE had a chat with Demencia Black, a drug dealer in the capital of Bogota who told more about the danger of the drug and showed them the drug itself. He told Vice that Scopolamine can be blown in the face of a passer-by on the street, and within minutes, that person is under the drug’s effect – scopolamine is odourless and tasteless.
‘You can guide them wherever you want,’ he explained. ‘It’s like they’re a child.’
One victim told Vice that a man approached her on the street asking her for directions. Since it was close by, she helped take the man to his destination, and they drank juice together.
She took the man to her house and helped him gather all of her belongings, including her boyfriend’s cameras and savings.
Check out the full documentary below: