What according to you should be the world’s scariest drug? A documentary by VICE would like to suggest it’s one that eliminates free will and can wipe the memory of its victims in no time and with minimum fuss.
The drug is called Scopolamine, but is also known as ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America. According to the documentary, this dangerous drug “works by erasing person’s memory completely” and the victims can’t remember a thing of what happened even after the effects have worn off. A person under its influence then becomes a mental slave and does what he/she is told with no recollection later, whatsoever, of what happened . The horror stories surrounding this drug are that of people being raped, murdered, or made to give access of their bank accounts to complete strangers or even coerced into donating their organs.
This drug gets its name because it takes only one breath to be possessed by it. And this is what makes it scary- the ease of administration. The most common ways of administering this drug is through aerosols, cigarettes, gum, or in powder form. It can be mixed in a drink, taken with food or even blown at an unsuspecting victim’s face.
Scopolamine is tasteless and odorless and derived from the ‘borrachero’ tree – loosely translated as the ‘get-you-drunk’ tree and very common in Colombia. Apparently the Colombian mothers warn their children not to sleep under the tree as the pollen in itself is said to induce hallucinations.