Basically what is happening here is that we have this a spiritual tree that has been used for a while for our indigenous people and now it’s turned into a very very very bad weapon against people just to take the their belongings and stuff like that. Imagine a drug that can transform you into a zombie slave that can leave you completely at the mercy of a robber who can empty your bank account steal all your possessions and possibly worse. The drug is easily extracted from nightshade plans it’s tasteless odorless and can be swiftly mixed into drinks food and cigarettes and the worst thing once you’re under its spell to the outside world you seem completely conscious and aware so no one really knows you’re in danger. This demon drug is called Borrachero. Ask any Colombian local about it and it’s a safe bet you’ll get a chilling horror story in return. Probably like 15 years ago in Bogota there was a real issue one time it happen to a friend, he got in a cab and then he just felt dizzy and he apparently he willingly came in with the people and help them carry all this stuff and they robbed the stuff from his apartment. If you’re interested in traveling to Colombia chances are you’ve seen VICE’s documentary about Devil’s Breath. It shows the gruesome effects of the drug through the stories of several victims as well as criminal perpetrators who admit on camera to drugging and murdering people It quickly became one of VICE’s smash-hit documentaries and it’s not hard to see why the thought of such a powerful mind controlling drug and its potential for criminal abuse boggles the mind. This is called the seed, which is very similar to an avocado but it’s full of small seeds and this is used to produce Escopolamina and as a drug to assault people or kill people. But the questions we have to ask are how common is a threat of Borrachero …who is likely to be targeted? And as a traveler what’s the real risk? At time of this publication the U.S Department of State produced an unofficial estimate of annual Borrachero incidents at approximately 50,000 although it doesn’t list where this figure is actually from. This works out to be roughly 0.1% of Colombia’s population being affected by the drug each year. It reports drugging with substances like Borrachero as a common and dangerous method to kidnap and rob people in Colombia. The primary targets of Borrachero attacks are men at nightclubs with attractive women as the chief instigators. However many cases have been reported of women being drugged by men and later robbed and sexually assaulted. Either way there are some extremely sinister forces at play here, and you have to have your wits about you. Even away from the salacious nightclubs Borrachero attacks do happen in the more common restaurants and bars and even in broad daylight on buses and public transport however these incidents are a little less frequent. The most important thing you can do is be vigilant be wary of strangers approaching keep a really close eye on your food and drink if you didn’t buy it, don’t touch it if you bought it don’t let it go. So what do Colombians think about Borrachero? Is it a common problem and what’s their advice for a safe time in Colombia. Borrachero or Escopolamina for me is not a threat I heard stories about it. I heard that you lose your will. Personally after living here for six years I’ve never come across it I’ve heard stories about it so I think people need to be careful and aware of it but I think it’s been sensationalized. It’s ridiculous how many people have seen that documentary about borrachera in VICE so when they come to Colombia they think they’re going to get robbed as soon as they get here you know but reality is very different.