Burundanga Drug Warning

Seems I’m getting a few silly emails lately. Fortunately this one isn’t as bigoted as the last one, but it’s still pretty ignorant. Here’s the email:

“this is actually a good one to be aware of, so many sicko’s out there…..

People are R E A L L Y crazy!  If you are a female, take heed! If you  are male and have a significant female in your  life who you care about, whether it’s your wife, your  girlfriend, your daughter, your sister, your niece,  your cousin, your next door neighbour;  whomever…………..pass this  along!    Always,   “Better safe than sorry!”

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female putting Fuel in her car and left his card.
She said no, but accepted his card out of courtesy and got in her car.
The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time.
Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath.
She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.  She then noticed the  men were  immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do  something at that moment.
She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the  lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after  she could finally catch her breath. Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.
This drug is called ’BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them.
This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.
So take heed and make sure you don’t accept cards at any given time you are alone or from someone on the streets.
This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services.


Sgt. Gregory L. Joyner”

Okay, your first hint this email is bogus is the notion it’s come from a Police man. The police don’t use spam email as a way of getting an important message across. They have other media for that. The seven o’clock news for one!

However, it may have started as a rough quote from an officer and found its way onto the web from there. No reason to disregard it just yet.

As usual though, Google is our saviour. I punched ‘Burundanga’ into Google and the first two website links to come up were ‘Hoax-slayer’ and ‘Urban Legend’. Not a good sign.

You can find the two articles here:



Both articles warn that burundanga is a real drug and can have some nasty effects, including “drowsiness, dizziness, agitation, fever excitability, seizures or convulsions, hallucinations, coma, and death”.

Both articles also outline that burundanga is odourless and only has an effect on people if eaten or inhaled. There is no known way burundanga could be administered by touch alone.

These emails have been circulating for years and there is no good reason to believe them. That said, date rape drugs do exist and people (both sexes) should be careful when in unfamiliar territory. Always keep your drink in sight. Where possible use bottles or cans rather than an open glass. Always go out with a friend who you trust enough to get you home safely. Keep yourselves and your friends safe.
But please, don’t be so paranoid to not accept business cards from strangers. And don’t become part of the fear mongering by passing this one on. Please, delete it.

All choices in life involve some element of risk. This is one you should feel safe enough to risk.


Ignorance is not bliss. Stay inquisitive.


About Jamie D
I'm an entrepreneur and small business owner working in 3D animation and multimedia. I also have a keen interest in technology and education.

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