Israeli dies from poisoned 'Nice Guy' drug

After drugs apparently mixed with an anticoagulant sent 12 Israelis to the hospital and killed one person, police have arrested 2 suspects.

Drugs in Tel Aviv 300 (photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Drugs in Tel Aviv 300
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)

A 31-year-old Haifa resident died on Monday of poison from the "Nice Guy" drug.

The man was hospitalized at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa in an unconscious state for three days, suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage.

The drugs were apparently mixed with an anticoagulant, which is dangerous to public health and can even cause death due to bleeding.

On Sunday, 12 young Israelis were hospitalized due to the drug, prompting Israel Police and the Health Ministry to open a joint investigation and issue a warning to emergency rooms throughout Israel.

Two suspects were arrested by Haifa District police officers in Kiryat Motzkin and Haifa for supplying the drugs. Evidence linking them to the crime was found during a search by police.

NAVEH SHA’ANAN is home to the massive central bus station – a center of pollution, noise, crime, drugs and human trafficking (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)NAVEH SHA’ANAN is home to the massive central bus station – a center of pollution, noise, crime, drugs and human trafficking (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

"Nice Guy" is one of a broad range of drugs known as "kiosk-sold drugs" in Israel, which are used for getting high or causing inebriation. The Health Ministry warns that these drugs, also known as "Mastulon" and "Mabsuton," are dangerous, illegal, addictive, and can be fatal.

The Health Ministry and Israel Police are continuing efforts to locate and seize the drugs and prosecute the distributors.