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Casey’s General Store restricts energy shots, like Five Hour Energy, to people 18 years old and older. Casey’s General Store restricts energy shots, like Five Hour Energy, to people 18 years old and older.
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Energy drinks are getting more and more popular among teenagers, but health professionals say they can be dangerous to teens’ health.

Casey’s General Store has been quietly battling this trend by restricting energy shots, like Five Hour Energy, to people 18 years old and older.

Jeff Kinder, an employee at a Casey’s in Jackson, says teens often come in to buy energy drinks and would buy energy shots if they could.

“It’s not just one,” Kinder said. “They’re usually buying two, sometimes three.”

Sixteen-year-old Kelsey Schweigert said she likes all kinds of energy drinks.

“I live buy a gas station,” Schweigert said. “If I had that money, I’d probably go and buy one every hour. I’m always up for some caffeine.”

However, Prompt Care Nurse Practitioner Crystal Wekenborg said energy drinks are harmful if you drink too many.

“The problem is, with teenagers, they don’t always realize that they’re having a problem and they’ll just have another and another,” Wekenborg said.

Kinder said the restrictions on only the energy shots are not enough.

“The energy shots and these (energy drinks) are pretty much the same thing,” Kinder said. “So, why isn’t there an age restriction on these, like those? They (teens) will put those back then come over here and grab two of these.”

Casey’s General Store officials said they have no plans to put age restrictions on all types of energy drinks.

Wekenborg said it is important for people to read the labels on energy drinks and be careful how much they are drinking.

“Sodas and energy drinks should be thought of as more as a treat rather than a mainstay that you have everyday,” Wekenborg said.

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