November 24, 2008
Keith Graves is a certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer at MMCrossFit in Livermore, CA, and a police officer assigned to both the Narcotics Unit and the SWAT Team. Graves is a certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (#3292), a court-certified expert in stimulant influence, and a teacher of drug influence courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association. He sees an unfortunate similarity between the effects of consuming significant quantities of popular energy drinks with taking methamphetamine.
Some people might think that this is just hyperbole. Some think there is no way that you can compare energy drinks and supplements to meth. But the fact is that some of the more common ingredients in energy drinks are serious stimulants. Many people have come to accept and use Red Bull and its clones on a daily basis. I want you to walk away from reading this by remembering one thing: energy drinks are simply meth in a can. Yes, meth — methamphetamine, a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. The more meth you take, the more you crave it and the more you need it. The same thing applies to energy drinks.
I decided to a do a drug influence evaluation on the student, who had already downed a 16-oz. can of “Rock Star Energy Shot,” a packet of “Zip Fizz,” and two other “energy supplements” to help him stay awake and provide energy for his morning workouts. I found that he had the signs and symptoms of drug influence. His pupils were dilated and his pulse elevated, and I saw muscle tremors. These are signs of methamphetamine influence. The only thing missing was the massive euphoria that meth users feel when they ingest their drug.