Local coffee shops are popping up all over the place proving people of all ages & backgrounds a variety of refreshing caffeinated beverages. However, these benefits may also be detriment to some who can’t stop at one cup of Joe. Caffeine overdoses and addictions are becoming more common as a result of this. According to the Washington Post, “In recent years, hospitals have reported an uptick in cases of caffeine overdose in emergency rooms and this year from Jan. 1 to July 31, poison centers across the country logged 1,675 reports involving energy drinks. Nearly two-thirds were in children 18 and younger.”
Today, caffeine is coming in various forms ranging from gum to energy drinks and powered forms. The most common remains to be coffee. These different options have created a plethora of addictions, withdrawals and even deaths in some cases. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has stepped up precautionary measures by investigating the deaths of 13 people in relation to the popular drink, 5-hour Energy. They’ve issued warnings to manufacturers and consumers in regards to dangerous ingredients that could cause harm if heavily indulged.
Caffeine should be taken in moderation. Adults should not consumer more than one to two cups of coffee per day. Moreover, as unlikely as it seems, children are consuming caffeine as well. Parents, moderate your children’s take as they’ve only just begun life’s energy surge.
Written by Jasmine Katrina Hockett
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