The number of emergency room visits involving energy drinks has doubled from 2007 to 2011 reaching more than 20,000 according to a new government report. As many of you know these drinks have been marketed to teens and young adults. Teens and young adults use these drinks for increased energy to stay awake, study for an exam, or in conjunction with alcohol or prescription medications. Energy drinks can have negative health consequences. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA), the consumption of energy drinks is a "rising public health problem." The energy drinks can cause headaches, increased heart rate, insomnia, and nervousness. In 2011, forty-two percent (42%) of emergency room cases involved energy drinks combined with alcohol or drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall. When someone drinks three energy drinks within one hour, it is the equivalent of drinking 15 cups of coffee. Think twice before purchasing these drinks for yourself or your children.