A 41-year-old Haifa resident died last night (Monday) at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, after he allegedly consumed the drug “Nice Guy”, which apparently also contained rat poison. This, about a month and a half after the 31-year-old died in similar circumstances. The patients are more than 25 residents from the north who consumed the drug.
At the same time, the Health Committee today approved the inclusion of five additional substances in the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, including “Comil Pegklon” from the “Nice Guy” family. Also included in the list are the drug Aminorex known as “celebration”, the hallucinogenic drug Muskimol, “isotonitazene”, which has been linked to many deaths in North America and is sold online as a substitute for fentanyl, as well as the substance “Lisdexamfetamine”.
During the discussion, the customs representative revealed that in 2020 there was an 800% increase in the amount of synthetic drugs seized at the entrance to Israel, compared to 2019.
“This is an important step in maintaining public health, with an emphasis on the younger generation who are today more exposed than ever to the same hazardous substances,” said committee chairman MK Idit Silman. “Yesterday we announced the establishment of a joint committee, together with the Drugs Committee, to discuss the issue of addiction treatment in order to protect, preserve and address the issue in all its aspects – education, environment, age, type of drug, know what is happening in the world and here and act accordingly.”
Dr. Barak Shapira from the Ministry of Health said at the hearing that “we are in the era of synthetic drugs, explosive drugs of all kinds. Their variability is very high and each period comes a new one. These are substances that are very challenging to test for their danger. We have a lot of hospitalizations related to the Nice Guy drug and the substances that make it up. ”
“In the past we thought it was a drug of young people, it entered the market as a substitute for cannabis,” Shapira added. “But today it is already used in many cases as a substitute for ‘old’ drugs like heroin, cocaine, etc. and we see a lot of common use.”