ROCKFORD - Energy drinks are
under fire after a lawsuit is filed in the death of a
Most parents agree energy drinks aren't such a good idea for kids to be imbibing.
"It's not something you need when you're 16 or 20," said Mike O'Connor, a parent of a 16 year-old girl.
"My son, maybe every two months or so will have one on a weekend day or something," said Lance Blackshear, father of two teenagers.
Pediatrician, Dr. Bill Renk of Swedish-American's Woodside Clinic agrees with most parents and says even adults should only consume about 50 milligrams of caffeine a day.
"Caffeine drinks, whether it's from the local coffee establishment or some of these sugared caffeinated energy drinks have an excessive amount of caffeine," said Renk.
Renk says death occurring from caffeine overdose is rare, but can happen.
"It can cause elevated blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart arrhythmias," said Renk.
"I think really people too that might have underlying heart disease or lung disease are a little bit more predisposed to the effects of caffeine and they can be fatal."
Unlike sodas and other caffeinated beverages, energy drinks don't list the amount of caffeine in them, because they're classified as dietary supplements. The drinks also tend to market toward youths even though they mark them as opposite.
Senator Durbin contacted the FDA on Friday saying,"... we believe it is necessary for the FDA to take immediate action to address a serious public health issue."
Dr. Renk says everything in moderation though. He says many of his patients come in complaining of headaches and chronic stomachaches which can all be linked to caffeine usage.