POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 9:47pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 9:57pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A drug from Bogota, Colombia that is used in the U.S. for medical use is being used as a weapon by criminals.
In a recent documentary, it's known as the scariest drug in the world, Scopolamine, known as Burundanga or what many are calling it 'Devil's Breath'.
Scopolamine is a potent drug and comes from seeds of plants and a borrachero tree, which are found in Columbia jungles.
The drug us odorless and tasteless and it's being used to drug people.
"It would cause a person to become incoherent, unaware, loss of memory, extremely drowsy and dizzy," says David Davis, Pharmacy Manager.
It also allows criminals to take advantage of people.
It's reported, it can be blown into someone's face and slipped into someone's drink, and it puts people in a zombie-like state.
"It must be something that is very concentrated from that plant or tree in Colombia because normal side effects of scopolamine can be dizziness, drowsiness and some cases hallucination," says Davis.
There are close to 1200 cases reported of people being drugged by devil's breath in Colombia.
KETK contacted local law enforcement about the drug, they tell us there have been no cases in the area involving this drug.
It's a drug no one wants to talk about. We're told it has been used in the state's for years for medical use.
"It's used frequently to help with nausea, vomiting, if you're familiar with the patch you put behind you ear, when you travel or take a cruise or fly, so that's what's in those patches," says Davis.
It's also used to treat Parkinson's patients and to help sickness after anesthesia.
Reports say, the victims range from Colombians, politicians to U.S.. Embassy employees.