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What you need to know before you travel to Colombia.

So many foreigners have been drugged in Colombia with many left for dead and some actually were murdered and then their posessions stolen.

Traveling to Colombia after meeting someone through a dating app is NOT a decision you want to make without taking time to research and find more information on what you will find once you get there.

Thousands of people per year get drugged with Scopolamine  which leaves you with  dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, urinary retention, and dizziness can occur even at the low dose used in the transdermal patch.


Overdoses can lead to a dangerous fast heart rate, dilated pupils, toxic psychosis, confusion, vivid hallucinations, seizures or coma, among other events

This drug makes you a zombie, so you will do whatever  they ask you to do without any hesitation, the power of this drug is so strong that it can even kill you if the person who drugs you doesnt know how to mix it properly.


What is scopolamine?

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You’ll have heard the stories of a drug that robs people of their free will, and makes them vulnerable to whoever may ask for their PIN number or address. You may have watched the documentary called Devil’s Breath – one of the nicknames for scopolamine – which portrays a drug that can be administered by spiking a drink, or even just by being blown in the victim’s face. The effects include extreme susceptibility, a zombie-like demeanour, and amnesia.

But while the impact of the drug is undoubtedly serious, it is important to distinguish between the hearsay and the facts.

The Burundanga plant in its natural state. Photo: Wikicommons

Scopolamine, also known as burundanga, is a chemical substance made from the scopolia plant. The plant is most commonly found near Bogotá, but also in the provinces of Magdalena and Atlántico. In the early 20th century, women were given the drug during childbirth to evoke a state of calm and drowsiness. Doctors noted that women in this state would often answer questions sincerely and openly, which led to the pursual of scopolamine as a potential truth serum. This possibility was eventually written off due to the intense side-effects.

The use of scopolamine as a truth serum has become one of its most publicised descriptors. In reality, if you have ever sought treatment for seasickness, you may have already tried scopolamine: the drug is commonly used to treat motion sickness and nausea.

While the plant is easy to find in parts of Colombia, processing it is expensive and many cases are misattributed to scopolamine, resulting instead from the cheaper benzodiazepine family of drugs that includes xanax and valium. A study by the Colombian Neurological Association (ACN) on 860 patients who had been admitted for scopolamine actually found that around 43.7% of them had benzos in their system. Only in 12.5% of cases was scopolamine detected.

Why is it dangerous?

Dr Joe Alexander, MD, PhD, FACC, told us that, “Put into a drink, scopolamine can cause a range of acute psychoses including: hallucinations, disorientation, and paranoia.” The doctor who specialises in cardiovascular dynamics is Senior Medical Director at a global pharmaceutical company and explained it can also cause nervous system disorders such as headaches, amnesia, coordination abnormalities, speech disorder, disturbance in attention and restlessness.

In severe cases, these drugs can kill you. For example, last year high doses of a benzodiazepine were found in the bloodstream of Fabián Herrera after he disappeared from Bogotá’s zona rosa party zone. Article continues below the box

More common are stories like Dave’s. The 26-year-old’s drink was spiked in February. “The trouble started when I left a club in the early hours of the morning and parted ways with my friends,” he told me. An unfamiliar man asked him for a cigarette and, in his words, “A few minutes after crossing paths with this person I realised something wasn’t right.”

“I woke up the next morning in my apartment feeling like I had had a massive night of partying and then some. Severe dehydration, nausea, head/body aches, dizziness, loss of appetite and chills.”


Is it as common as people make out?


Whilst the State Department states that “unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000,” the short life span of scopolamine in the body (around 12 hours) makes it difficult to gather statistics on the frequency and quantity of incidents. However, according to ACN, up to 20% of hospital admissions for poisoning in Bogotá are due to the drug.

Can I really get drugged by picking up someone’s business card?
A common rumour is that scopolamine can be laced on leaflets or business cards, which will then enter the victim’s body through the skin. In fact, ACN studies have shown that in 75% of cases, the drug was administered by a stranger who mixed it into their drink. Dr Alexander concurs: “If someone were to take tablets and pulverise them into a powder and blow it into your face, or if someone dipped a business card into a powdered or liquid preparation, I doubt that it would have much of an effect.”

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