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Washington lawmakers begin investigation of the energy drink industry

A lot of kids enjoy energy drinks.
And recently the American Medical Association came out in support of a ban on marketing the high caffeine beverages to anyone under 18.
Now lawmakers in Washington are taking up the issue.
Some experts say nearly a third of children between 12 and 17 years old are regularly consuming energy drinks.

From youtube videos to Facebook posts.
All over the internet children as young as six can be seen posing next to and experimenting with energy drinks.
But after complaints from parents and warnings from the medical community, Washington is now taking aim, claiming companies like Monster, Red Bull and
Rockstar are intentionally marketing to kids.

SEN. Ed Markey, (D) Massachusetts: "You don't have to be Dick Tracy to know the point of this much of life is just monkey see monkey do."

Austin Forkner, Motorcross Racer: "Monster cup! I ended up winning' that. I was super pumped on that!"

The drinks are currently marketed through pro-sporting events, concerts, tours, and shows...
The type of things that usually draw a young audience.

Most of the drinks do come with a warning label to "Consume Responsibly" and that they are "Not Recommended for Children.

Dr. Richard Besser, Physician: "It can cause palpitations in the heart, high blood pressure, anxiety, trouble sleeping, these are not things children should be subjected to."

Between 2007 and 2011, one study says the number of emergency room visits involving energy drinks  doubled.   And more than a thousand of the incidents involved teens.
The drink makers agreed to review social media, and Red Bull has said it's set limits on the amount of caffeine in its drinks.
Still lawmakers parents and doctors say they want more including labels limiting the drinks to those 16 and up.
Voters we spoke with were divided on the issue.   
Jeremy Moore, Voter: "Politicians need to stay out of our lives."

Lisa Serafine, Voter: "My son took energy drinks and he was already hyperactive. And I know when he took 'em, he bounced off the walls."

Meanwhile, in May, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would start to investigate the role of caffeine in a growing variety of foods.