Given the lack of scientific evidence, the addictive potential of synthetic cathinones is inconclusive. The most credible information available are limited to case reports and anecdotal accounts of compulsive use. There are even some preliminary reports suggesting that certain synthetic cathinones are less addictive than other substances.

From a pop culture context, there have been some reports of people addicted to these drugs. For example, MTV’s “I’m Addicted to Molly” and VICE Stories’ “I Dated an MCAT Addict for Two High Months” portray two cases that place emphasis on a tale of addiction. While these clearly depict real-life narratives, they likely represent extremes.

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