I thought I would pass on some more information that recently was posted on our neighborhood watch WhatsApp group.
This warning was sent from friends in Panama City to neighbors on my block, and they shared them.
The warning involved the use of Scopolamine, which has been called the zombie drug in Colombia. With Panama being a neighbor of Colombia, it is not hard to imagine that it is now in Panama.
When Lilliam read the message, she said it had been in Costa Rica a few years back. She then gave me a long lecture to not open the door for anyone that is outside that I don’t know.
When I first read about it, i didn’t give it much credibility, however now that I have done some research, I think the warning should be posted. While doing my research, I found the Snoops writeup on Scopolamine, and if you are’t careful, when you read it, you could assume it is a hoax. Snopes is a site that debunks many hoaxes.
However, if you carefully read Snopes, you will see that it is refuting some cases in the U.S., not that the drug exists and has been used in Colombia.
Especially this time of year when many are going to be shopping in Plaza Terronal, there will be some opportunist thieves looking to relieve unsuspecting people of their purchases or money.
The crooks uses several methods on the victims. One is to pass out fliers or tickets that have even dosed with the drug. Another is selling fake perfume and getting you to smell it.
If this drug is inhaled, then it puts the victim in a state that allows them to follow commands given by the thieves. I remember a fellow writing me about a year ago and what he described happening to him in Boquete sounds just like Scopolamine.
You can do what you want, but I consider this a threat and worth paying attention to.