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Feds Fight Cocaine’s Fizzy Image ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on April 13, 2007

America’s Food and Drug Administration accused Cocaine soft drink manufacturers Redux Beverages of illegal marketing this week, and gave the energy drink company 15 days to respond (NBC news).

The all-powerful government agency accused Redux of making claims it cannot support’ after presumably taking exception to the company’s marketing pitches which includes assertions that their drink is the highest energy drink on the market, ‘350% greater than The Bull!’

Cocaine’s website also cheekily mocks anti-drug campaigners, quipping 'we don't advocate drug use. What you do with your drink is completely up to you!' and ‘Side-effects are associated with this product: this beverage should be consumed by responsible adults. Failure to adhere to this warning may result in excess excitement, stamina, fun and possible feeling of euphoria.’

The company also recently launched two new flavours  "Cut Cocaine" and "Free Cocaine" as well as a range of T shirts, shorts and ‘Cocaine Stash Paks’ containing stickers for energy drink enthusiasts.

In real cocaine news, researchers at the University of Texas who studied 8,000 stroke young victims over three years warned this week that coke and speed users face dramatically higher risk of strokes, with speed users in particular in danger.

"Using amphetamines or cocaine significantly increases an individual's risk for a stroke," said study author Dr. Arthur Westover, "If we decrease the number of people who are using these substances, then we likely can decrease the number of strokes in this younger population. The implication is that it's preventable.”

The study of 8,000 stroke patients aged between 18 and 44 found that speed (methamphetamine) users were five times more likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding into brain tissue) than non users with cocaine users facing double the risk.

“Basically, speed kills,” report co-author Dr. Robert Haley added. “This is the first study large enough to confirm the link that meth kills by causing strokes. We hope that our findings will lead to getting the word out to young people who are tempted to use meth, explaining that the drug is extremely dangerous and can kill them.” (Southwestern Medical Center, US)

The findings backed those made by a much smaller study made by doctors at Louisiana State University, who compared 26 coke using stroke victims with 36 others over a six year period from 1998-2004.

"Hemorrhagic strokes are much more common in stroke patients with more recent cocaine ingestion," report author Anil Nanda, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center said in 2004, "Aneurysmal rupture is a direct consequence of the hemodynamic (relating to blood circulation) effects of cocaine." (‘Victims of hemorrhagic stroke experience a rapid onset of symptoms that evolve over several hours, and include headache, nausea, vomiting and altered states. When the aneurysm ruptures, the victim may experience a terrible headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, confusion and altered states of consciousness . . .’) (Cocaine Energy drink is sponsoring an event on April 21st in Long Beach California: At Club V20 starting at 9:00 pm free entrance until 10:30 pm on 81 Aquarium way, Long Beach California. You will also be able to try the 2 new flavors of Cocaine Energy Drink "Cut Cocaine" and "Free Cocaine" . . .’) outlaws vitamin D, seeks to destroy sun to protect Americans from sunlight . . .’)

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