Israel Says No More 'Mr Nice Guy'

01 August 2017
Israel Says No More 'Mr Nice Guy'

Israel says no more ‘Mr Nice Guy’

With tight border restrictions limiting drug dealers attempts to smuggle drugs in from the border, hydro, also known as ‘Mr Nice Guy’ has taken the streets of Israel by storm.

Hydro is a synthetic marijuana grown via a hydroponic method were the plants are nourished with water and fertilizer directly into the roots and then planted in a neutral growing medium like tuff or clay pellets. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, there are around 80,000 drug users and around 20,000 of these are addicts in the Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem and the Gaza strip. Most users are less than 20 years old and the West Bank of Palestine being one of the most affected areas.

Hydro is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse in Jerusalem which is highly addictive and causes users to become violent, even after a single use. Hydro became popular in the early 2000s as a legal alternative to marijuana which was available to buy in kiosks. It consists of a mixture of herbs and other plant material sprayed with chemical additives, which are responsible for its psychoactive effects, activating the same cell receptors as THC, found in marijuana. Currently around 38 different versions of hydro have been documented containing pesticides, animal medication and even fertilizers with the long term mental and physical effects relatively unknown.  Unlike marijuana its ingredients are entirely chemical and often its unknown what chemicals are mixed into the drug rendering it even more dangerous than traditional drugs.

In order to tackle this growing epidemic Randox Toxicology has produced a range of designer drug of abuse panels including our DoA V panel which is able to test for certain properties of hydro. Through our extensive cross reactivity, we able to test for a range of psychoactive substances including; bath salts, benzylipiperazines, JWH-018 and JWH-073 and many other different compounds of synthetic cannabinoids.

Additionally, our new psychoactive substance (NPS) Biochip arrays can detect the latest designer drugs on the market including fentanyl, AH-7921, MT-45, and also JWH-018, which is one of the main compounds found within synthetic marijuana.

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