Energy Drinks Claiming Lives?
BY HOLLY ZUELLE
Since 2009, 29 reports of adverse side effects have been reported by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the popular energy drink 5-Hour Energy. There have claimed to be 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations due to energy drink’s extreme caffeine content. 5-Hour Energy was questioned when reports surfaced about a 14-year-old girl from Maryland, suffering from a heart condition, died after drinking two 24-ounce Monster Energy drinks. Other cases reported hospital visits, stomach pain, nausea, and increased heart rate. Energy Drinks have been considered to be dangerous if over consumed and should be taken sparingly.
A spokeswoman for the FDA, Shelly Burgess, said “It takes time to go through these reports and get the information ready and redacted. We’re making this information available as we can.”
The FDA cautions consumers to consult their doctors before drinking energy drinks and if they do have side effects, they should report them to the FDA within 15 days of taking the product.
Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal remarked, “Over the past year, there has been alarming evidence that energy drinks pose a potential threat to the public’s health. It is necessary for the FDA to take immediate action to address a serious public health issue.”
There is no ban on the drinks at this time, but it is a possibility in the future.