Passages Malibu Warns of Rising ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks

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Energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster are more popular than ever and with growing popularity they are increasingly being linked to a rise in hospitalizations.

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"If anyone is looking for a holistic method to overcome their addiction without using the 12-step method, then we welcome them to experience Passages Malibu first hand.” - Pax Prentiss

Energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster are more popular than ever and with growing popularity they are increasingly being linked to a rise in hospitalizations.

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration reported roughly 10,000 ER visits associated with energy drinks in 2007, with that number reaching more than 20,000 per year by 2011, a 36% increase from the previous year. Data from 2012 is not yet available.

Motocross competitor Matthew Penbross was recently profiled in a February 4th, 2013 report in Chemical and Engineering News. The 28 year-old Australian awoke the morning of a race hoping to improve his reaction speed, giving himself a competitive edge. Over the course of a seven-hour period, Penbross drank eight Red Bulls, and after crossing the finish line, following his second race of the day, his heart stopped.

Doctors concluded that with no family history of heart disease, the excessive amount of caffeine energy drinks were the likely cause.

In the final months of 2012, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration began investigating reports of five deaths linked to Monster Energy drinks and 13 deaths linked to 5-Hour Energy shots.

“Even substances that have been deemed ‘safe’ by the FDA have the potential for abuse” says Pax Prentiss, CEO of the world-renowned Passages, “Many people can enjoy a cup of coffee or an energy drink, without becoming psychologically addicted to the point of excessive use. Although we specialize in helping people with prescription drug addiction and illegal substances, we are honored to work with everyone who comes through our doors. If anyone is looking for a holistic method to overcome their addiction without using the 12-step method, then we welcome them to experience Passages Malibu first hand.”

The Passages Malibu Addiction Treatment Center was recently named the “Number 1 Treatment Center in the World” by Healthcare Global magazine and “One of The Most Luxurious Place to Dry Out by Forbes magazine.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura rehab centers have earned coveted accreditation by The Joint Commission (JCAHO), which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept certain insurance plans.

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About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009. The two drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12-step/AA model of addiction treatment by using a holistic approach and a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and have earned the accreditation by The Joint Commission (JCAHO), which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure. For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753

For media inquiries, contact:
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