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ER Visits Tied to Energy Drinks Double Since 2007

Jan 16, 2013

Hospitals around the country have seen a gradual uptick in the number of emergency room visits involving energy drinks. With energy drinks becoming more popular, cases involving them have been slowly rising.

From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of hospital visits involving energy drinks has doubled from 10,000 to 20,000. Most cases involve teens or young adults. Many patients are mixing the energy drinks with other substances. According to the survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 42% of cases involved energy drinks as well as alcohol or drugs, such as Ritalin or Adderall. Often, patients are suffering from irregular heartbeats, anxiety, and heart attacks. In 2012, two senators asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients.

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