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If you think the illicit drug ecstasy is already a dangerous substance by itself, this bit of news might take you by surprise.

A recent study conducted by researchers from New York University discovered that variants of ecstasy -- also known as MDMA or Molly -- have been found to be mixed with equally harmful substances, including bath salts. "Ecstasy wasn't always a dangerous drug, but now people are taking garbage without realizing it," said study co-author Joseph Palamar via a news item.

The research team based their findings on hair drug testing conducted on volunteers who came from electronic dance music (EDM) festivals and ravers in popular New York clubs. The study respondents admit to having ingested ecstasy but said that they didn't have exposure to bath salts. According to the hair drug test results, close to half of the people were tested to have butylone, which is commonly found in bath salts.

These results have shaken the very people who are exposed to this kind of substance. "If you look at the major DJ websites, they're always circulating stories warning about specific batches of MDMA/Molly/ecstasy that are known to be dangerous and tainted.... But hearing about bath salts in MDMA is alarming," said WKDU-FM EDM director Chris Burrell.

The research team believes that their study could be a good reference for people who enjoy music festivals and other public gatherings. "Kids are going to do what they're going to do. You're not going to stop them... But if they feel that they have to use drugs, the kids have to do it safely and they need as much information as possible," Palamar added.

The study and its findings were published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal.