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Energy drinks fuel a rapid increase in ED visits.

More than 13,000 emergency-department visits associated with consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks were recorded in 2009, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report found, with 44% involving alcohol or drugs as well. Researchers assessed data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network and noted that young adults between 18 and 39 made up more than 75% of all the ED visits. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/22) Jay's Sidenote: I overdosed on Mountain Dew over 30 years ago - I worked in a sporting good store and sucked down at least a dozen 10 oz. bottles per day. I'm not sure what triggered it on this particular day, but my heart started beating out of my chest for many hours and I went to the ER. A couple of shots later, they told me never to drink it again. I still do, just not as much.
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Publication:Iowa Nurse Reporter
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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