MEDFORD, Ore. – The state of Oregon is taking on one of the most popular energy drinks in the United States.
The Oregon Attorney General’s Office announced it is filing a lawsuit against the makers of 5-Hour Energy. The suit claims that Living Essentials and Innovation Ventures used “deceptive and misleading claims” about the energy shot, including the claim that people who drink it won’t experience a “crash” later.
Doctors said energy drinks like 5-Hour Energy provide a quick boost in alertness, but can sometimes lead to other negative health effects.
“It can make you feel sweaty, nauseated, and it can make you have [heart] palpitations,” said Dr. Cory Bergey with Providence Medford Medical Center. “And sometimes [it can] put you in abnormal heart rhythms that make you have to come see me here in the emergency department.”
The suit is also targeting claims that the energy shot is appropriate for children 12 and over.