Consumption of the amount of caffeine found in energy drinks may lead to serious medical and behavioral issues.
Miami, Florida (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Miami injury attorney Michael Steinger urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate energy drinks. The FDA recently confirmed that it received five reports suggesting that people died after drinking highly caffeinated energy drinks, reported CBS News.
“Consumption of the amount of caffeine found in energy drinks may lead to serious medical and behavioral issues,” said Michael Steinger, a founding partner of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.
“When consumed in large quantities, caffeine can pose risks, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, irritability and anxiety. Energy drinks may also adversely affect children with heart conditions, or mood disorders, such ADHD. There needs to be more information and awareness about the risks.”
A November 2011 report by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) showed a tenfold increase in emergency room visits linked to energy drinks from 2005 to 2009. The data was gathered by surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.
This month, the parents of 14-year-old Anais Fournier filed a wrongful death suit against Monster Beverage Corp. after the girl died, reported CBS News. She had allegedly consumed two, 24-ounce Monster Energy Drinks in 24 hours, Riverside Superior Court Case No. RIC 1215551,.
Increasing the concern of injury attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, beverage industry market trends indicate that soda consumption is declining while energy drinks are growing in popularity. Sales volume for energy drinks rose approximately 17 percent in 2011, said CBS News.
“More research must be done to understand the effect of energy drinks, especially for at-risk groups. Then the marketing and sales of energy drinks must be regulated, based on that research,” said Steinger.
According to DAWN, the amount of caffeine in caffeinated energy drinks varies from about 80 milligrams to more than 500 milligrams. In comparison, a 5-ounce coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine. A 12-ounce cola contains about 50 milligrams.
If you or somebody you know has been seriously injured by an energy drink, contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene injury attorneys at 1-800-560-5059.
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