12 Israeli youth hospitalized after taking 'Nice Guy' drug

Israel Police and the Health Ministry opened an investigation after 12 young adults were hospitalized after taking illegal drugs.

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

12 young Israelis were hospitalized due to poisoning from the "Nice Guy" drug, prompting Israel Police and the Health Ministry to open a joint investigation and issue a warning to emergency rooms throughout Israel.

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

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.

Police intend to request an extension of the suspects' arrests in Haifa's Magistrate's Court as the investigation proceeds.

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