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Is Addiction Help Needed for Kids Who Drink Monster Energy Drinks or Red Bull?

Would you want your 10 year old to drink four cups of coffee before he went off to school? Don’t dismiss the idea that either Monster Energy or Red Bull could end up being gateway drugs to either prescription stimulant abuse or cocaine and the need for addiction help.

Most kids say they take drugs to help elevate feelings they have – stress, drowsiness and being nervous are just a few.  They generally use Xanax, OxyContin Ritalin and Adderall: They take Xanax to feel relaxed, OxyContin to feel numb and Ritalin or Adderall to feel more alert. A recent survey showed that 20% of 12 to 17 year old kids take prescription drugs illegally.

You can read about investment mangers, doctors, lawyers or moms who do the same thing.

Young kids can’t always get their hands on drugs so they use inhalants and other things. So, if you can’t get your hands on Ritalin to perk up, how about a Monster Energy drink or two?

Four kids from Florida ended up in the hospital this week from drinking to much Redline, another energy drink. Monster and Red Bull are marketed to 10 to 20 year old kids. There are no regulations on these drinks, and there probably won’t be, but these drinks just aren’t healthy. Will your child need addiction help because he drinks to much Monster Energy at age 11? Probably not, I mean it isn’t heroin. But if he wants speed at age 10 he might start looking for something stronger at age 13 and that won’t be a triple espresso. It will be his friend’s Ritalin and then more Ritalin or Adderall.

Crazy maybe, but don’t kid yourself , 30% of college students use stimulants to study or to get high so use doesn’t decrease, it goes up.

An earlier blog this week talked about a UC Santa Barbara college student who described stimulant abuse as out of control at that school.  Just this week Australia banned various over the counter stimulants that have been banned in the U.S.  for years (more on that later this week) but Australia is the origin of Red Bull.

Parents can’t control what there kids’ do 24/7 but maybe its time the FDA does get involved and try and control the amount of speed type substances that go into these drinks. Addiction help for Monster isn’t really likely but there’s a good chance addiction help services will be needed later on.

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