No, although products sold as “molly” are often adulterated, or mixed, with “bath salts.” Molly is a commonly-used slang term for MDMA, a drug associated with the treatment of PTSD and other therapies, as well as recreational use at festivals, concerts and clubs.

Slang terms like “bath salts” and “molly” create an illusion that the words refer to only one drug. But buying “molly” does not always mean you’re getting MDMA!

If your “molly” has “bath salts” in it, it could refer to any number of different synthetic cathinone drugs, some of which are riskier than others. People who are seeking “molly” (MDMA) often end up with something else. 

Without legal regulation or access to drug checking services, it’s impossible for people who to know what they’re getting, especially when newer and lesser known drugs continue to emerge as soon as their predecessors are banned. Since these drugs are commonly associated with the nightlife and festival community, event producers and club owners should embrace harm reduction practices like onsite drug checking and drug education. DPA’s #SaferPartying campaign aims to make that happen.

See the fact sheet for more information and sources.