POSTED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 4:04am
NATIONAL NEWS (KTSM) — Those 5-Hour energy shots you see on counters almost everywhere are linked 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The news was released Thursday but the incidents span four years.
The shots contain about 215 milligrams of caffeine, which is about two 8-ounce cups of coffee. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence the caffeinated drinks caused any of the deaths or injuries, but an investigation is ongoing.
The shots also contain vitamins and amino acids which classifies it as a dietary supplement. So, 5-hour Energy is not required to disclose the amount of caffeine in its 2-ounce "energy shot."" commercials do want me to go out and try it but i just don't trust caffeine."
The company that makes the energy shots says it's taking the reports "very seriously" - and suggests 5-hour Energy only be used by "hardworking adults who need an extra boost of energy."