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Are Energy Drinks Sending People to the Emergency Room?

The new report adds to the pressure on energy drink makers


New questions are circling energy drinks following the release of a report on emergency room visits and the beverages.

A survey by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration finds the number of people visiting the ER after consuming energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011, the Associated Press is reporting. Most of the visits were by young adults and teens, the primary consumers of energy drinks.

The survey indicates that more than 20,000 ER patients reported consuming energy drinks prior to the visit. In 2011, 42% of those also reported having the drinks with either alcohol or drugs, such as stimulants Adderall or Ritalin.

Concern over energy drinks is rising after a report last fall that connected 18 deaths to the beverages. The industry denies any connection between the drinks and deaths.

A spokesman for the Food & Drug Administration said in a statement, “We will examine this additional information … as a part of our ongoing investigation into potential safety issues surrounding the use of energy-drink products.”

Update: The American Beverage Association responded to the study with a statement.

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