If you’re a parent, teacher, or someone else who is frequently around teenagers, you’ve probably noticed how often they consume energy drinks. According to a recent report in Pediatrics, about 50% of adolescents consume energy drinks, and many do so on a regular basis. These products contain high doses of caffeine, so the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to add safety warnings to energy drink packaging. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children and adolescents should never consume energy drinks. Other research suggests that, no matter what your age, these products may increase the chances of adverse heart events if you’re predisposed.
If you or a family member has been harmed by consuming energy drinks, Noble McIntyre and the experienced team at McIntyre Law are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Because energy boosting drinks are marketed as either food or dietary supplements, they are not fully regulated by the FDA. Information about their adverse side-effects isn’t rigorously collected the way it is for prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, supplement companies are required to file adverse-event reports when they receive consumer health complaints related to their products.
The available data shows that from January 2012 to November 2014, energy drink companies received 224 adverse-event reports, six of which involved death.
Research indicates that energy drinks strain the cardiovascular system, with young people being at particular risk given their higher rate of consumption. If you’ve had an adverse health event due to the use of energy drinks, you may be entitled to compensation.
McIntyre Law is now taking cases for people who have been injured by the use of energy drinks. The cumulative effects of regular energy drink use are not well-known and the multi-billion dollar industry is doing very little to help shed light on this issue. In many cases, the products contain proprietary blends of caffeine and other energy-boosting substances such as taurine, and the true composition of the products are not known.
The medical literature suggests that it may be the combination of ingredients that stresses and potentially harms the cardiovascular system, even in young people. Whether you’ve been harmed by any energy drinks on the market, contact the McIntyre Law team today for a free consultation to recover from your energy injuries.