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ERIC Number: ED537639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Ephedra and Energy Drinks on College Campuses. Infofacts/Resources
Kapner, Daniel Ari
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
The February 2003 death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, who according to the coroner's report died after taking ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra), has garnered national attention for the topic of nutritional supplements and energy drinks. Energy drinks and energy-enhancing pills, diet aids, muscle-enlargers, and other supplements fall under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which states that products deriving from herbs and natural sources are classified as food, rather than as drugs. These legal substances, which produce appealing, steroid-like effects, are marketed heavily to college-age athletes, club-goers, dancers, and partyers. The energy drink and herbal industry's vast marketing presence has created an environment where students understand little about these products' adverse effects. This "Infofacts/Resources" describes the use of ephedra and energy drinks on college campuses, possible effects of their use, and recommendations for institutions of higher education. (Contains 6 online resources.)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail: HigherEdCtr@edc.org; Web site: http://www.edc.org/projects/higher_education_center_alcohol_drug_abuse_and_violence_prevention
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)