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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chicago Proposes Energy Drink Ban

Chicago is proposing a ban on energy drinks after a teenage girl died after allegedly drinking 48 ounces of Monster.

We've all heard this story before: some dimbulb ends up harming and/or killing himself with a product, so the benevolent nanny state decides to ban said product in order to prevent others from harming and/or killing themselves with it.

We can only hope that these Chicago nannies will at least find sufficient evidence that energy drinks caused the girl's death before banning them. It's not like they would ban something without evidence that it's harmful, right?
In 2011, Fournier was 14 years old. She is believed to have had two Monster energy drinks over two days just before she was rushed to the hospital. She died several days later.

Fournier had a heart condition, and Monster says her death was due to pre-existing conditions. Monster hired doctors to review the autopsy and Fournier's health.

"The physician examining Ms. Fournier's medical record said they found absolutely no connection between Ms. Fournier'salleged consumption of a Monster energy drink and her unfortunate passing," Callahan said.

Fournier died in Maryland. The coroner's opinion reads in part, Fournier "died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity."

The attorney representing Fournier's family has filed a lawsuit against Monster. He says Fournier's heart condition was mild and doctors never warned her to stay away from caffeine.

"They got billions of dollars to hire the best PR people on the planet," said attorney Kevin Goldberg in a telephone interview. "They are once again trying to mislead the public and avoid accountability instead of focusing on its failure to warn consumers about the dangers associated with this product."

The autopsy report also shows that a blood test for caffeine was never performed at the hospital.
Never mind. Since when has the state ever needed evidence to enact its draconian policies?

And that's the thing: there is no evidence that energy drinks are harmful. Despite their high-caffeine levels, energy drinks are safe to drink provided they are consumed sparingly. They only pose a health hazard if too much of them are consumed or if they are consumed with alcohol or other narcotics--which has been the case with most deaths involving energy drinks.

But like I said, since when has the state ever required evidence for its actions?