Energy drinks and pre-workout supplements are not tested for safety or efficacy
As of today there is NO regulation in the United States to prevent minor children from purchasing and consuming energy drinks or pre-workout supplements. Other countries around the globe are slowly starting to implement laws to protect their countries youth.
Despite the numerous medical professionals and pediatric organizations in the U.S. requesting law makers to ban the sale and consumption of these products to minor children, these requests continue to fall on the deaf ears of law makers.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have an effective system to detect supplements that pose serious health risks. Instead, the FDA relies on consumers and physicians to voluntarily submit reports of harm from supplements.
Sadly healthcare providers are NOT required to report adverse events to the FDA. Few consumers or doctors contact the agency or even know that the FDA regulates these products.
In recent surveys less than 20% of medical professionals knew how to report an adverse event or death related to dietary supplements. Consumers don't know how or that they should report adverse effects or death they believe to be related to dietary supplement. If the FDA is not receiving these types of reports, they don't consider a product a to be a danger or problematic.
The US Government Accountability Office estimates that a small fraction of the estimated 50,000 adverse reactions each year from supplements are reported to the FDA.
Shockingly surveys show less than 1% of these cases ever get reported. The lack of reporting, along with the poor quality of information received in these few reports make it nearly impossible to to realize how often and wide spread deaths and adverse events from energy drinks and pre-workouts are occurring.
It's time to take action
You have a voice, let it be heard and become a champion for change!
There are several ways you can make a difference in your communities. Listed below are just a few.
Contact your local school principal and ask them to offer a REALIZE THE RISK presentation
Help enlighten parents by organizing a REALIZE THE RISK parent information night
Contact your local school and ask them to ban energy drinks on campus
Urge your local youth sports leagues to ban energy drinks at their sporting events to help set a good example for the communities youth
Urge your local retailers to adopt a voluntary ban and not sell energy drinks to minor children
Work with TAP to pass legislation in your state
Write a letter to your local government urging them to ban the sale and consumption of energy drinks to minor children. For more info click here.
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"Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced"
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