The Scariest Drug in the World

VICE’s Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as “The Devil’s Breath.” 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.

44 thoughts on “The Scariest Drug in the World

  1. You did an awesome job with research and documentation all the way to the substance itself. I like the fact that you got first hand information. Now this is true Journalism at best. This is good video information, the visual effects well done. Thank you for going that extra mile to bring total exposure and truth. Thank you for also protecting yourselves as well. This drug makes weed look like preschool. Yes, it is so seductive as a lovely flower on a tree. I may have to watch again because some of the information such as how they actually processed it to get it to the level of potency was not as clear.

  2. “El borrachero en la medicina tradicional indígena es una planta maestra y
    curadora. Pero no una planta cualquiera. Es una planta de mucho respeto y que
    solo pueden manipularla y usarla los sabedores, es decir los chamanes. Han
    sido los taitas del Valle de Sibundoy a quienes se les reconoce como quizá los
    mayores sabedores sobre ellas. Pero es un conocimiento en extinción.”

  3. The borrachero in the traditional indigenous medicine is a sacred plant. It is a plant of great respect and only the shamans can manipulate and use it, only they have the knowledge of the use of this plant. The Taitas of Sibundoy Valley are recognized as experts in the use of this plant.

  4. Please see this paper in spanish: h t t p : //

  5. Thought it was very wrong of you to flush it down the toilet. Now all the fish and water creatures will die. Watch for it in the news. There must have been a better way to dispose of it.

  6. This plant is actually indigeneous to India. The wild variety has purple flowers and are smaller plants. When I was a child my grandmother planted it as a hedge plant in our garden, she said they were known as Devils trumpets and no insects came near them nor did cows eat their leaves so they were useful hedge plants. Much later as an adult I saw them again used for the same reason, I asked for some cuttings to plant them in my garden and all the women burst out laughing. I asked them what was the matter and they just smiled and nodded their heads. One of them told me amma its used to control our husbands. If the husband beats us or fools around with another woman we give him the juice and then he no longer does these things. It can also make him go mad. When she saw my horrified look she said its just old wives tales. I forgot all about it. Much, much later, plants were sold in nurseries with different colouring blooms, a beautiful orange, and peach which are happily even now growing in my garden and in many other gardens as well. Ive never heard of the uses mentioned in this clip.

  7. Hi, to alert people about dangerous drugs is important. However, you should be careful when you make comments or ask questions that imply that everyone in Colombia uses this drug (based on your question to the lady in the restaurant) or placing Colombia as the worst country in regard to drugs. Remember that in USA and in other countries you find a high consumption of similar drugs plus all kinds of other risks equal or worse than escopolamina.

  8. cool drugs for me. i need something that can make me forget a whole lot of shits. ready to make a deal

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