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Kids getting high on No-Doz

No-Doz are readily available.
No-Doz are readily available. Kari Bourne

HIGH-CAFFEINE 'energy' drinks have been blasted for their health risks of late but now there's something else worrying parents in the region.

No-Doz, a high-caffeine tablet, is readily available in your local supermarket, service station or pharmacy and according to reports from concerned parents in the region, is being increasingly used by youngsters as a way to stay awake to study for exams, party with friends or just for a thrill.

Despite the package telling users “keep out of the reach of children', the tablets are marketed to a younger demographic to help “extend your waking hours”.

Containing 100 milligrams of caffeine, the tablet apparently keeps the user “alert and awake”.

While there is no evidence the recommended dosage of one tablet has any lasting effects, reports are that teenagers are taking a number of tablets at once - and washing them down with a high-caffeine energy drink.

One worried Coffs Harbour mother was horrified that such a tablet was readily available in plain sight of youngsters.

“I was shopping with my daughter in a major supermarket and just couldn't believe these pills could be out on display at the checkout as 'impulse' buy items,” she told The Advocate.

“There's no age limit on who can purchase this product so kids waiting in the checkout queue can easily buy them.

“I've had conversations with other mums and we're all quite concerned about how cheap and accessible this product is to minors.

“It will certainly be a temptation to kids doing their HSC - a miracle pill that keeps you awake all night and all day.

“They only cost about $3 for a small packet and if combined with a couple of those energy drinks that are so popular with teenagers, goodness knows how wired the kids will get and what it could do to their health.

“I was disgusted ... first we needed a no-lollies check-out for little kiddies and next us mums will need a no-pill aisle if we go shopping with our pre-teens and teens.”

The No-Doz website disclaimer tells users to: “Limit the use of caffeine containing medications, foods or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness and occasionally rapid heart beat. Do not give to children under the age of 12 years.”

What is No-Doz?

No-Doz is a tablet containing 100mg of caffeine. The recommended dosage is one tablet in a three hour period. No more than six tablets should be taken within 24 hours and no more than five No-Doz Plus tablets should be taken within 24 hours.

Is No-Doz approved?

Yes.

Where is it available?

No-Doz is available in pharmacies, Priceline stores, Coles, BiLo, IGA supermarkets and selected convenience stores, and in New Zealand in pharmacies and selected supermarkets. No-Doz can also be purchased online from pharmacy internet sites.

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