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City Councilman Looking To Limit Sale Of Energy Supplements

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

One Southern Kentucky city has already passed an ordinance banning drug paraphernalia from city stores. Now one councilman wants limitations placed on energy supplements, including a popular drink.

Many of us use products like Red Bull to stay alert during the day. But when Cumberland City Councilman Charles Raleigh heard about a local teen who swallowed a whole pack of energy-boosting pills, Raleigh worried about the safety of all energy supplements.

"Made him very ill, he had to be taken to the doctor, when he got to the doctor he had a very high heart rate," Raleigh said.

Now Raleigh is drafting a proposal to prohibit the sale of these items to anyone under 18.

"Instead of saying not recommended for use by minors, it's not for sale to minors," Raleigh said.

Not everyone agrees. Dr. Anthony Yonts says even though high doses of these products can be harmful, banning their sale to minors goes too far.

"I think society as a whole, we have to be careful about taking individuals and applying that to society or taking extreme example and applying that to the general population," he said.

Yonts says anyone using diet or energy supplements should talk to their doctor about it first.

"When you start telling people what they can and can't eat and drink, I really think that's in the gray zone of the government's rights," Yonts said.

Raleigh maintains it's about safety.

"If his parents want to take them in and buy it, that's one thing, but youngsters don't really have a choice. They're not capable of making this choice of their own free will," Raleigh said.

The issue will be up for discussion at the next city council meeting.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 in the evening November 13th at Cumberland City Hall.


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