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.
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Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the US that has serious consequences. There are ways you can be proactive in preventing Rx Drug Abuse
1. Be conscious of where prescription drugs are located in your house and make sure you are in control of how they are accessed. Monitoring the quantities of your prescriptions may allow you to identify if someone is using them unnecessarily.
2. Talk to your family about responsible prescription drug use; this includes always taking no more than the amount prescribed by a doctor and never sharing prescriptions with others.
3. Prescription drugs should never be taken in combination with alcohol or other illegal drugs.
4. Set a good example. Use prescription drugs in a responsible manner by taking recommended amounts and refraining from sharing with others.
5. Discard unused prescriptions safely at a Prescription Drug Take Back Location.
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