Rochester, N.Y. - 20-year-old Spencer Schilsky had a 5 Hour Energy drink at 8 Thursday morning and was still feeling a buzz at 11.
The college student says he needs the boost to stay awake during early morning classes. He never read the label or worried about the safety of the drinks until we told him about the FDA probe.
The FDA is looking at a possible link between these drinks and 13 deaths around the country in the past four years. There have also been 33 hospitalizations.
The New York State Attorney Generals Office is also investigating.
The National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says these drinks pose a danger, especially to teenagers.
The problem is they are taken like shots, so teens are getting a massive dose of caffeine all at once.
Jennifer Faringer of the National Counsel on Alcoholism in Rochester says that is a jolt to the body, especially the cardiovascular system.
She says even healthy people can die if they consume too many of these drinks in a short period of time.
Paul Swinton says he has tried energy drinks but doesn't like how tired he feels when they wear off. He sticks to coffee now to wake up in the morning.
Carl Burdick avoids these energy boost drinks but says he understands why many of his college friends need them: "there's only so much time in the day before you get tired you need more energy so a lot of people are willing to take the risk with these energy drinks."
Ferenger says counselors go into local schools to warn teens about the dangers of these drinks. She says many teens don't realize how dangerous they can be and some drink too many in a short period of time.