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Issues Tank: As Popularity Steadily Grows, How Dangerous Are Energy Drinks?

by Connor Ryan
Energy drinks in vending machine.

Connor Ryan, WFUV

A visibly anxious 20-year-old man walked into a Washington, DC Area emergency room one day last week, complaining of severe chest pain. Upon further examination, his heart rate was confirmed to be abnormally high. He said prior to coming to the hospital, he had consumed “a series of energy drinks, and a cup of coffee,” Dr. Cathleen Clancy, associate medical director of the National Capital Poison Center, recalled.

It was three in the morning, and the symptoms were all-too-familiar.

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