The blue round pill with the imprint MSJ has been identified as Diazepam 10 mg. Diazepam is used in the treatment of anxiety; alcohol withdrawal; endoscopy or radiology premedication; status epilepticus; ICU agitation and belongs to the drug classes benzodiazepine anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines. Diazepam 10 mg is classified as a Schedule 4 controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
However, lately there have been an upsurge in the circulation of fake or counterfeit MSJ pills. Public Health England (PHE) warned that illicit drugs sold as benzodiazepines could have potentially fatal consequences, particularly when taken in conjunction with alcohol and certain painkillers.
According to News report, Fake MSJ pills are packaged in blister packs or proper pharmacy tubs to make them appear legitimate, and may claim to contain a certain dose of approved drugs, such as diazepam but in reality, they may not contain any genuine medicines and will instead have high-potency illicit benzodiazepines, an equivalent compound or another non-medical substance.
What does fake MSJ pills look like?
According to Drug research and drug policy it is still unclear where these fake MSJ pills are coming from, but that many are being supplied to dealers via the dark web. A consumer may not have access to most of the test equipment used by regulatory bodies to verify the identity of a drug product but there are simple guidelines that can help identify a fake MSJ pill:
Check the MSJ pill Packaging: This is the simplest and the easiest method to check the authenticity of MSJ pill. Check the packaging for details like unusual fonts, print color, and missing logo. Analyze whether it appears the same or different from the one you have used before.
No Breakage in the Seal: An MSJ pill packet that comes with a security seal should not be damaged. Look for a crack or breaks in the sealing tape.
Check the MSJ Dosage Form: Look for dissimilarities in physical appearance of the drug like its color, size, uniformity, consistency, shape, etc.
Physical Attributes of tablet: As stated by World Health Organization, the common physical attributes that need to be looked out in medicine tablets are;
- Small pieces of tablets, excessive powder at the bottom of the medicine container, or brittle and crumbly capsule spilling powder.
- Cracks in the tablets or capsule.
- The appearance of crystal on the container walls or on the medicine tablets.
- Softening or hardening of the medicines.
- Swelling, spots or discoloration of the tablets or capsule.
Allergies / Unexpected Side Effects from using MSJ pill : Most of the medicines including MSJ pill have side effects. It is important to consult your doctor before the usage to keep a check on allergies arising from it. If you notice certain unexpected or harmful side effects from your medication, report to your doctor immediately.
Price of MSJ pill: If the price of an MSJ pill is suddenly far cheaper than the usual rate, double check the product as there may be a chance that the fake companies wanted to lure customers by providing medicines at much cheaper rates.
Verify Online or SMS: Many countries have unique methods for the verification of the genuineness of pills using authentication code or other online portals to confirm the authenticity of the MSJ pill being purchased.
Fentanyl Test: Using a simple fentanyl test strip can help determine whether your Pill MSJ pill is laced with the deadly fentanyl or not.
General Side Effects You Should Expect From a Genuine MSJ pill
MSJ diazepam may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- muscle weakness
- dry mouth
- difficulty urinating
- frequent urination
- changes in sex drive or ability
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- loss of control of bodily movements
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- slurred speech
- slowed breathing and heartbeat
Diazepam may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.