April 7, 2010

scopolamine — the mind control drug?

We had heard about a drug in Colombia that essentially eliminates free-will in humans. It is called scopolamine and it seemed to us to be so completely out there–like a plot device in an awful Jack Black movie. In fact, it sounded so horrible and strange that we wanted to go down and try it out. So the producers and I compiled a laundry list of embarrassing chores for me to complete while under the influence and, chuckling hysterically to ourselves, got on a plane and headed for Bogota, Colombia.

Pause for dramatic effect.

Once we landed in the Colombian capital, it took all of about 60 minutes to realize there wasn’t going to be any more laughing. The fear that the mere mention of scopolamine struck in the locals was palpable and startling. As we dug deeper into this drug’s story, following the evolution of the plant and its uses, we began to appreciate the gravity of ingesting it. And we became fearful.

From its Wikipedia page:

In recent years the criminal use of scopolamine has become epidemic in Colombia. Approximately one in five emergency room admissions for poisoning in Bogotá have been attributed to scopolamine. In a bizarre case, a band of female thieves would impregnate their breasts with scopolamine and then would lure potential victims to lick their nipples. “Losing all willpower, the men readily gave up their bank access codes. The breast-temptress thieves then held them hostage for days while draining their accounts.”

Wouldn’t that be effective without the drug?

(thanks, Katherine)

comments

  1. Dave Vogt on April 7th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Well yeah, but what these women were really after was having their toes licked. No matter how drunk you get a Colombian man he just won’t go there. You could end up in the emergency room trying.

  2. Michael Smith on April 7th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    For some reason the mental image of a man offering up his account numbers and access codes as he laps scopolamine off the breasts of a potential thief makes me laugh.

    “4…mmm…3…ahhh…7…how do you like that…”

  3. Cindy Scroggins on April 7th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Mental note–ask Dave about Colombian men at clusterflockstock

  4. Nick Husher on April 7th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Before I even clicked through, the sentence, “In fact, it sounded so horrible and strange that we wanted to go down and try it out,” made me think, “This sounds like something that VBS.tv would do.”

    Lo and behold, I see “CNN presents VBS.tv” in the masthead.

  5. Daryl Scroggins on April 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Punchline of an old joke:

    Kiss it! Kiss it!

    I can’t, I don’t have 100$.

  6. Sheila Ryan on April 7th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    “Chuckling hysterically to ourselves.” Fuck. Like Hunter Thompson wannabes who never heard of MK-ULTRA.

    You kids.

  7. Kelsey Parker on April 7th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m with Deron. I don’t see why the drug’s even needed. Just yesterday I was talking to my other friend Michael — sorry, Michael — and he told me that “as long as there are girls like you we know the world is good” in reference to my carnal desires for someone and lack of strings attached. Boys are so easy.