The Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack that may have been caused by Monster Energy Drink, a highly caffeinated beverage.
According to the reports being analyzed, people have had adverse reactions after consuming the popular drink, which contains 240 milligrams of caffeine - seven times the amount of caffeine found in a 12-ounce cola. The drink is packaged in a 24-ounce can.
Talk with teens and young people who are most likely to drink energy drinks. How often do they drink them? Why do they drink them? Do the energy drinks help? How do they make them feel?
Local medical professionals can talk about the dangers of too much caffeine. How much is too much? Are they concerned about these types of energy drinks?
Do area parents talk to their kids about energy drinks and drinking them too often? Find some and ask, or do a local poll question online or in print.