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Durbin Concerned about Energy Drink Marketing

Durbin urges smarter marketing for energy drinks.
PEORIA – U.S Senator Dick Durbin delivered remarks at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing examined the potential health risks of energy drinks and the way the products are marketed towards youth.

Durbin said many of the ads feature children and young athletes and the some statistics report the sales of energy drinks went from 16 percent in2003 to 35 percent in 2008.
Medical Director of Emergency Services for OSF St. Frances Leon Yeh said energy drinks can have two or three times the amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee.

"Caffeine is a stimulant of the nervous system. What that means is it can give you headaches, insomnia, tremors and anxiety. It can also increase your heart rate and blood pressure," Yeh said.

Energy drinks are classified under supplements and therefore not restricted by the Food and Drug Administration.
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