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Locals react to deaths from energy drink

By Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Oct 23 2012 10:23:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 23 2012 10:29:04 PM CDT
Locals react to deaths from energy drink
SPOKANE, Wash. -

An important warning for anyone who drinks energy drinks in particular the highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink.

The FDA is investigating a report that Monster has actually been linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack.

At college campuses across America with looming midterms and papers, students often need a little pick-me-up. Sometimes they find a friend in energy drinks like Monster.

"Mostly for long nights, up late studying and writing essays," GU student Tyler Davis said.

Davis says he drinks a Monster about once a month. "You just get energized and you are more alert and awake," Davis said.

Davis was surprised when we told him that five deaths have been linked to Monster. "That's a pretty large number," he said.

Other students had different reactions. "It doesn't surprise me. I kind of knew there was health risks associated with that much sugar," GU student Eli Francovich said.

Monster's 24-ounce can contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, 7 times the amount of caffeine in a 12-ounce soda.

Kyle Unland from the Spokane Regional Health District says there's no recommendations related to caffeinated energy drinks - other than to limit consumption of them.

"It shouldn't be consumed by children at all. The energy drinks are not necessary energy at all they are just extra sugar and caffeine," Unland said.

Students at GU say this news makes them extra cautious. "It changes my behavior that's part of the reason I don't drink them that much," Francovich said.

The FDA report claims that people had adverse reactions after they consumed a Monster drink. However, the agency does say that the report doesn't necessarily prove that the drink caused the deaths.

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