Scopolamine: New Dangerous Zombie Like Drug
A new drug, derived from the Columbian borrachero tree, is said to wipe the memory and take away the “free will” of those who use it. The drug, called scopolamine, is also known as the “Devil’s breath”. It is normally taken by mixing it with a drink, or by being blown directly into a person’s face. The scariest thing about this substance is that people who use it report horrific stories of what they have been “forced” to do while on it. The effects of the drug take hold almost immediately, and can cause the user to blackout for hours, leading them to make incredibly bad decisions that they have no control over.
It has been reported that many criminals take this drug prior to them committing horrible acts. They take the drug, it is supposed, so that they have no moral qualms about doing the terrible things they end up doing. It could be having someone empty their bank account, giving up their car, or being forced to have sex while at gun point. After they have committed the crime, these individuals report that they have no recollection of the event ever taking place. This is the most frightening aspect of scopolamine.
Another reason why this drug is so awful is that a user, while under the influence of scopolamine, is generally sober and rational. They are able to function as they normally would, just without any ability to control their actions. That is why scopolamine is commonly referred to as the “zombie drug”. Users of the drug are, basically, helpless over their actions during the time period that they are under the influence.
Scopolamine actually does have a few medicinal benefits, however. Doctors sometimes prescribe the drug to patients who suffer from extreme nausea, motion sickness, or to combat the sickness caused by large doses of anesthesia during surgery. Also, this drug is sometimes used to treat parkinsons, spastic muscle states, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and other similar conditions. However, because doctors know how potentially dangerous scopolamine can be, they are often reluctant to prescribe it, and only do so as a last resort.
One of the most dangerous ways people abuse scopolamine is in conjunction with alcohol. This is a lethal combination that can have incredibly serious health consequences for abusers. People who drink while taking scopolamine often experience side effects including confusion, agitation, rambling speech, hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions.
It is obvious to any rational adult that this drug is not something to be trifled with. However, young people, or those who struggle with addiction, are not as capable of determining the dangers of ingesting such a powerful substance. This is another instance where an ounce of prevention, in the form of education and drug addiction counseling, can help to save many people from experimenting recreationally with this awful substance. The more a person is made aware of the devastating effects of the “zombie drug”, the less likely they will be to use it.