Overdose: Energy drinks pose serious health risks to minors 

WHAT: Energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster Energy have caffeine levels that can harm children who drink them often. A University of Miami study said that of the 5,448 U.S. caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46 percent occurred in those younger than 19.

HOW: So far this year, U.S. poison control centers received 331 calls about energy drinks, with rapid heartbeat the most common complaint. About one-quarter pertained to children ages 5 and younger and another quarter involved those ages 13 to 19.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Nearly one-third of kids 12 to 14 years old regularly consume energy drinks. Some common ingredients such as cocoa and guarana are little-studied and not regulated. They may add caffeine beyond what’s labeled on the drinks.

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