Columbia is making international headlines once more after a Vice documentary exclusive was uploaded to YouTube three days ago, reporting on an incredibly powerful drug that actually eliminates free will in human beings.
Scopolamine, colloquially known as ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ is derived from the ‘borrachero’ tree common to South America.
It blocks the formation of memories while under the influence, thus a victim is left with no recollection of how helpful they have been to their assailant.
The drug had been used as a truth serum by the CIA during the Cold War.
While by no means a new drug, a huge black market revival is underway in Colombia creating a new breed of thieves and criminals, leaving experts blaming the country’s torn drug-culture past, and on-going civil war.
“It’s a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will. The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine. After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined.” writes Vice’s Ryan Duffy.
Stories surrounding the drug are the stuff of urban legends, with some telling horror stories of how people were raped, ordered to empty their bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an organ.
The ease of administering the drug is what makes it particularly scary. It is as simple as blowing the powder into a victim’s face.
It takes effect within minutes.
However, in response to this latest bout of Columbia scaremongering thanks to Western media, one YouTube commenter, rt987, had this to say:
“It’s so sad that people just sees us colombians as drug dealers and drug consumer [sic] and to say its a fucked up country is very offensive, colombia has very good people and off course we have problems as every other country. [sic] and we are looking forward to have them solved, making people scared of colombia I think is pathetic, colombia is a great place to live, and to visit.”
The video is below.