How it works:
- There have been reports of food, drink, aerosols, chewing gum, cigarettes and even flyers being tainted with drugs!
- The drug of choice here is scopolamine (also known as Borrachero, Burundunga or “devil’s breath”) which acts quickly and causes victims to feel incapacitated.
- The United States Overseas Security Advisory Council’s unofficial estimates indicate 50,000 such cases in a year.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Do not accept food, drinks, or cigarettes from strangers, be it in a bar or on the bus.
- If you are in a bar or club then don’t take any drinks that you haven’t seen made in front of you and if possible stick to bottles which are harder for scammers to tamper with.