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Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits : The Salt : NPR

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"The new numbers on emergency department visits come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which tracks drug-related ER visits. They found that energy drink-related visits rose from 10,068 in 2007 to 20,783 in 2011. That's out of more than 1 million drug-related ER visits, theagency says. Before 2007, energy drink incidents were too few to report, the paper says.

About 60 percent of the patients were seeking help with adverse reactions to the energy drink alone, while 27 percent had also taken prescription drugs. About 13 percent of patients had downed energy drinks and alcohol, and 10 percent had combined energy drinks and illegal drugs. Teenagers and young adults were most likely to end up in the ER.

The face-palm stat: 9 percent of the unfortunates had combined energy drinks with prescription stimulants like Ritalin, giving them a double dose of chemical buzz."

I dug this up in response to the latest young person death by "overworking" -

Study shows nearly a ten-fold increase in the number of hospital emergency department visits involving non-alcohol energy drinks between 2005 and 2009 -

Meaning a 20-fold increase btw 2005 and 2011... (!!!)

Wow -- those drinks are as dangerous as drugs!

My grocery store now keeps 10-pack boxes behind the register; purchasers have to ask for them. Apparently people were stealing individual bottles from the boxes.

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