Dangerous 'Zombie' Drug Could Turn You Into an Evil Slave

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zombieAnd we thought roofies were scary. The date-rape drug has nothing on scopolamine, the zombie drug from Columbia. This odorless, tasteless drug can be blown in your face, and it only takes minutes to affect you, turning you into a slave to suggestion.

The drug commonly known as “Devil’s Breath” comes from a tree in South America with leafy branches and sweet-smelling flowers. Locals call them ‘borrachero’ trees (loosely translated to ‘get-you-drunk’), and Colombian mothers warn their children not to fall asleep under them lest they fall prey to the poisonous pollen.

How scary is that? At least if you get roofied, you pass out (not making light of GHB -- that is a real and serious topic for another time), but scopolamine leaves you walking, talking, doing whatever someone tells you to do, and with no memory.

To the outside observer, someone under the influence of the drug would appear completely normal. A rape victim would appear to others as a girl inviting a guy back to her room. People have helped robbers clear out their own homes. Urban legends say that people have woken up in bathtubs with organs cut out and a sign saying, “You have 5 hours to get to the hospital to live.”

When they eventually come out of it, they have no memory of it whatsoever.

Columbia is infamous for its drug culture, so it’s not surprising that the scariest drug known to mankind originates from there. What happens if it gets to America? Has it already gotten to America? Robbing someone of their free will and making them do your evil bidding is about as depraved as a person can get, but it affords the opportunity for criminals to create the perfect crime.

What does that criminal case look like? Someone blows Devil’s Breath on another person’s face and suggests that he go kill his wife, and the guy does. In the courtroom, the killer might be off the hook because of the drug, but the real perpetrator could be very hard to find. Even if you did find him, how do you prove that he drugged the first guy and told him to kill his someone?

We can’t fix Columbia’s problems, but we can have a zero-tolerance policy for scopolamine here. Any drug powerful enough to make the mistresses of dead Columbian leaders follow their master into his grave to be buried alive should be banned from U.S. soil. 


Image via welovethedark/zombie/Flickr

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vulca... vulcanarcher

I don't know what's more chillding: the fact that this drug exists or that people would use it.  Free will and individual freedom are two of most precious gifts a human can have.

nonmember avatar Manchester

Wasn't scopolamine used in twilight sleep for laboring women?

nonmember avatar Pleased

Not to be snarky - hand to God - thanks for expanding your writing. This, though a very creepy, scary thing, was quite interesting to read. Who creates this stuff, and why? So evil.

kirzo kirzo

Heck yes!! I want some!! Maybe I can get the husband to do the house work for a day lolsidesplittinglaughter

Micke... MickeysMama

It's already here in the USA. It's used in surgery a lot, mostly during procedures where the patient needs to remain "awake", like during a colonoscopy and many brain surgeries.

Freela Freela

It also has some legitimate medical uses, as an anti-nausea drug via a transdermal patch, for instance.

mande... manderspanders

Um yea, scopolamine patches are commonly used to treat motion sickness or nausea. Soooo... I think this whole story is more urban legend.

DebaLa DebaLa

Wow. Really? For a minute there I thought Jacqueline Burt wrote this. Yeah, file this under urban legend. Just one more scare tactic to "wage the war on... [some new trumped up enemy threat]." Sorry, Jenny.

lovin... lovinglife0206

They did a law and order svu episode on this. Serial rapist who used the drug. Obviously just a show but it couldnt hurt to educate myself.more on the topic.

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