Alternately known as the most dangerous drug in the world and the scariest drug in the world, Devil’s Breath is a powerful drug currently being dealt with on the streets of Columbia. It’s a strong hallucinogenic and an amnesiac. It’s highly addictive and can be deadly. Most importantly, it will only be a matter of time before this drug is making its presence known on the streets of the United States.
Devil’s Breath is usually made into a powder and it comes from the borrachero tree, a common tree in Columbia, which blooms with beautiful white and yellow flowers. The drug is said to be so powerful that within minutes of administration, people turn into zombie-like creatures. The victims remain coherent but become child-like and have no free will.
Columbian drug gangs are using this drug, and its interesting side effects, as an innovative and lucrative new business, and stories of victims of these drug gangs are becoming urban legends.
People have been raped, robbed, forced to empty bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an organ while under the drug’s influence. The drug is odorless and tasteless and is especially easy to administer either by inhalation or ingestion. In large doses, the drug can lead to death.
An often-used method of administration is that the drug is blown into the face of a passer-by on the street. Within minutes, the victim is under the drug’s influence and loses all capacity for rational thinking. The victim is turned into a complete mental zombie and the memory process of the brain is blocked.
While under the influence, the victim is easily controlled by suggestions and verbal commands to perform unspeakable acts. People have even been known to help robbers steal valuables from the victim’s own home or hotel room.
After the drug wears off, victims have no recollection of what happened, what they did under the influence, and cannot even identify the people responsible for administering the drug in the first place.
Interestingly, in ancient times, the drug was administered to the mistresses of dead Columbian leaders. The women were given the drug, told to enter their master’s grave, and they were simply buried alive and forgotten.
As with many botanical substances that are used for illicit purposes, this chemical also has beneficial uses. In fact, the chemical is marketed in the United States under the name scopolamine and hyoscine. Cruise ship travelers might even use this product in the form of a scopolamine patch for seasickness.
Next week’s blog will provide some interesting insights into the legitimate use of this drug and highlight some of its more entertaining side effects. But, until then, don’t let anyone blow into your face on the streets of Columbia.
Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!
I think I’ll move Columbia from the very bottom of my “could visit list” to the very top of my “not going there” list. Does a normal surgical mask that covers the mouth and nose protect you from this as a spray? Should I start carrying one around for dangerous places like Columbia or Detroit? I would seem that the buddy system might deter — especially if the buddy is a six foot marine walking three steps behind you.
Thanks as always.
The body guard idea seems to be a prudent one. Sound like a good job for one of your sons! Depending on the type of mask, yes, a surgical mask would provide a nice barrier. All the best!
size of the person with you and whether they were in the military doesnt matter. a person can have it on a piece of paper and ask you for directions and if you get it even remotely close to your face to read it then they get you. they get you at strip clubs with the strippers dosing people, putting it in drinks, swiping it across peoples face. they will find a way no matter what. better to just stay away from columbia.
Holy smokes! Just when we thought the illicit drug situation had become about as scary as it could get, it gets even worse. Bottom line, however: if there were no market there would be no illegal drug industry.
Thanks, James, for yet another enlightening post, disturbing as it may be.
The scary thing about this drug is that many of the intended victims are not even looking for a drug high. This could be a great replacement for chloroform in kidnappings, etc. Fiction writers now have a whole new tool to work with. All the best to you!
I’m researching this for my screenplay CHIMERA in which a Private Investigator finds a doctor’s illegal drugs behind a chink in his bathroom medicinal cabinet. Evidently, the good doctor has not paid his dealer and was given a tube with powder in it labelled, ‘Freebie.’ The investigator is using Nitrile gloves when he removes the internal cabinet’s contents. How can he know that it’s ‘The Devil’s Breathe’ right of the bat without opening the tube? Does he need to take the contents straight to CSI? Every time, I put this into the search engine, it comes back with the final episode of a CSI TV show. I need factual evidence. Thank you for your in depth research.
Thanks for your question, Janet. That’s difficult to answer. Basically, Devil’s Breath is scopolamine and is usually a white powder. Conceivably, it could be made into a tablet, capsule or paste and could be presented in most any form. So I would say your character probably would need to get the drug analyzed to determine if it was indeed Devil’s Breath. The only hint would be how it would make a person act, and that would narrow down the possibilities.
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I just thought people should be educated about this new drug menace before they become victims.
Thanks for re-blogging my post. All the best to you!
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Thanks for the reblog, Thomas. Much appreciated — All the best to you!
The flowers in the picture you posted look like brugmansia, which is related to datura. All parts of datura are dangerous and psychoactive. They also grow wild all over the place right here in the U. S. And are totally unregulated. Be careful, folks.
Thanks, Mary. We appreciate the warning! All the best to you!
Just to let every one know. I’ve been researching this drug for some time. Firstly it is stateside now. Secondly a surgical mask will not protect you from the drug being blown in your face. It is highly absorbent by the mucus membranes and even skin in the right conditions. Thus it can get into your system through your eyes and pores. Though the pores is a little harder. When you go to touch any part of you that has come into contact with the drug, then touch your mouth nose eyes or even food or drink, even if it didn’t get in through you skin you will dose your self. we naturally touch one of these things every few minutes with out thinking about it. thus all the administer has to do is follow and wait for the drug to hit you. I’m a third dan Ninjutsu instructor and this sort of thing is something that we study as part of our training. My recommendation is that if you think you’ve been dosed on the street is to freeze on the spot and alert near by people to the situation. you will be induced and lose a day or too but you will likely end up beyond the reach of the person who dosed you and in the care of medical professionals.
Thanks for this valuable insight into a growing danger!
An incredibly insteresting (if not a touch macabre!) insight into the dangerous world of drugs. I am currently writing a thriller and I was hoping to dip into your knowledge. To what extent would Devil’s Breath be detectable in the autopsy process? Does it have a significant metabolite trace if you are not checking for it specifically? Thanks again for all the valuable information thoughtful your blog.
Unfortunately, Devil’s Breath (Hyoscine/Scopolamine) would leave a metabolite trace in the blood/body, but the good news for your plot is that general toxicology procedures would not normally screen for it and it would likely be missed. More specific screening would be necessary to detect it.
Thanks for your comments and the best to you in your plot development.
Thank you. That is most helpful. Zoe
thanks for this post James. i am a thriller writer and am looking into drugs that render victims to a zombie state.
are victims aware of what is happening to them once they inhale Devil’s Breath? do they get back their memory?
According to most reports of crime involving Devil’s Breath use, the victims have no residual memory of how they were dosed or ANY memory of what happened to them during or what they did while under the influence. They simply wake up as if nothing had happened, only to find that they’ve been victims of crime. Scary Stuff, to say the least!
Thanks for your question – All the best in writing a great thriller.
What does a general toxicology screen for and when the police think that there are drugs would that screening turn up the metabolite trace?
Thanks for your questions, Jorge.
General toxicology screens are just that-general. Here is a reference that may help answer your question: http://www.healthline.com/health/toxicology-screen#Drugs4
Many toxicology screenings can pick up drug metabolites and this is a starting reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_test
When you are writing about a particular drug, it would be best to google that drug for specifics on drug testing to get your facts right.
All the best in your writing.
How is it made though
Apparently, there are several methods to make this dangerous drug. I saw an interesting video on a homemade process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRjRkud2ZII
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“Devil’s Breath” (scopolamine) is simply an anti-muscarinic (acetylcholine-receptor binding) agent. Glorifying the drug does nothing but induce panic–there are a variety of medicinal applications, and it is not in any way addictive.
Thanks! Your comments are always appreciated. Many seemingly harmless drugs with beneficial results can be dangerous when used to excess and for purposes not originally intended.
So many who are enticed into cosmetics stores, run by Israelis and Italians, say that they have no will, and feel in a trance, surreal, when the smell the creams or it is rubbed on their skin and absorbed. The products are manufactured near the dead sea. So have speculated that scopolamine may be used by some of the Israeli, Italian sales reps and owners. Any thoughts?
Interesting idea, Leigh. I have no way of knowing if this could be true, but it certainly would make for an interesting plot twist in a thriller novel.
Thanks for your comments.
James J. Murray