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Good bet that certain alphabet agencies have known about this stuff for years. If not, they have probably produced something similar synthetically anyway. Either way though, the cat is out of the bag now and it is a near certainty that this stuff will make it's way to the States where it will be used by the criminal underworld as well as certain government agencies. I wonder too if this drug would be effective as an enhanced interrogation tool. If so, then heck, might wind up being administered to you at your nearest friendly TSA checkpoint. Have a nice flight.
Originally posted by seedofchucky
super amnesia drug you say ?
whats snopes say
Scopolamine, also known as levo-duboisine, and hyoscine, is a tropane alkaloid drug with muscarinic antagonist effects. It is among the secondary metabolites of plants from Solanaceae (nightshade) family of plants, such as henbane, jimson weed and Angel's Trumpets (Datura resp. Brugmansia spec.), and corkwood (Duboisia species ).
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
I can't imagine some one taking this willingly
Henderson TJ, Cullinan DB, Lawrence RJ, Oyler JM. Positive identification of the principal component of a white powder as scopolamine by quantitative one-dimensional and two-dimensional NMR techniques. Journal of Forensic Sciences 2008;53(1):151-161. [Editor’s Notes: Presents the in-depth characterization of scopolamine via a wide variety of NMR techniques, including 14N-NMR. Tandem mass spectra (collision induced dissociation) results are also presented. Contact: U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, MD 21010.]
Potions from plants, now known to contain scopolamine, were used in antiquity and the middle ages. However, wide-spread application of drugs for induction of insensibility to pain did not occur, probably because of side-effects and unpredictable dose-effect relationships.
1890 - Scopolamine has been known for about years and was first extracted and isolated by Schmidt from the Scapolia Japonica in 1890.
Scopolamine was used from the 1940s to the 1960s to put mothers in labor into a kind of "twilight sleep" that did not stop pain, but merely eliminated the memory of pain by attacking the brain functions responsible for self-awareness and self-control. It was also one of the active ingredients in Asthmador, an over-the-counter smoking preparation marketed in the 1950s and '60s claiming to combat asthma and bronchitis. In November 1990 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration forced several hundred ingredients allegedly not known to be effective off the market including scopolamine.
Use of disabling drugs: The Embassy continues to receive reports of criminals in Colombia using disabling drugs to temporarily incapacitate tourists and others. At bars, restaurants, and other public areas, perpetrators may offer tainted drinks, cigarettes, or gum. Typically, victims become disoriented or unconscious, and are thus vulnerable to robbery, sexual assault, and other crimes. Avoid leaving food or drinks unattended at a bar or restaurant, and be suspicious if a stranger offers you something to eat or drink.
Originally posted by adeclerk
reply to post by CobraCommander
There's nothing new about scopolamine, it's been around since the 50s at least. Sensationalism at it's best.