The Devil’s Breath drug is quickly going viral on social media since some claim the real drug scopolamine could be used by criminals to start a zombie apocalypse similar to The Walking Dead in 2015. But is this idea just hype, or should we fear the walking dead?
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In recent times, two Chinese women and a man in Paris were arrested for using the Colombian drug called the Devil’s Breath to turn their victims into zombies in order to rob them.
“The victims targeted, very often old, were accosted in the street by a first woman,” a police source said, according to the Telegraph. “This person claimed to be looking for a mysterious ‘Doctor Wang’ before being joined by her accomplice. They managed to isolate their victims, then got them to breathe in a mixture of plants on the grounds they had powerful curative qualities – even protecting them from misfortune. They then took advantage by getting the victims to take them to their home, where they asked them to put all their jewellery and money into a bag and hand it over to them.”
It is claimed the Devil’s Breath drug can be blown into the face of a victim in order to create zombies whose free will evaporates after exposure. A zombie video (NSFW) was released on LiveLeak that might show the after effects of a Devil’s Breath attack, although no one is certain. Fortunately, while the woman stumbled around in a zombie-like fashion, she apparently was not a threat to anyone but herself.
Crimes related to the Devil’s Breath drug have been widely reported in Colombia and Ecuador, and the United States Overseas Security Advisory Council warns travelers visiting Columbia to be wary.
“Unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000,” says the agency’s website. “It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women. To avoid becoming a victim of scopolamine, one should never accept food or beverages offered by strangers or new acquaintances, nor leave food or beverages unattended.”
On social media, some have even claimed to have suffered a Devil’s Breath attack in the United States.
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According to the Guardian, the drug scopolamine is derived from nightshade plants, but no one is exactly certain what is contained in the Devil’s Breath drug.
“You get these scare stories and they have no toxicology, so nobody knows what it is,” says Val Curran, professor of pharmacology at UCL’s Clinical Pharmacology Unit. “The idea that it is scopolamine is a bit far-fetched, because it could be anything.”
Dr. Les King, chemist and former forensic scientist, believes that starting a zombie apocalypse by blowing powder into people’s faces “seem pretty unlikely from the start.” Curran has experimented with scopolamine but has not seen anyone suffer the same effects as seen in the zombie video.
“It would completely zonk you out,” says Curran, ” but I don’t know about removing free will. It incapacitates you because you’d feel so drowsy, you wouldn’t remember what was going on. But you would do after huge doses of alcohol, or lots of other drugs like Valium or other benzodiazepine drugs.”
While there are many myths surrounding the Colombian Devil’s Breath, VICE once sent a team to do a documentary about the drug. Initially, they thought it would be all fun and pranks, but what they actually found scared them.
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