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Suffolk Notebook: County Wants Energy Drink Ban For Teens

County's board of health plans to push legislation, will lobby feds to follow suit.

The Suffolk County Board of Health this week said it will suggest legislation to ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone younger than 19 years old, over concerns that the caffeine levels can be hazardous — or even deadly — to children.

The county decision was unanimous, according to Newsday, and the board is expected to draft a letter calling of the ban that is will sent to the Suffolk Legislature as well as the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

While a spokesman for the American Beverage Association told Newsday the drinks, which include the highly popular Red Bull, are safe and that they are not marketed to children.

But the county said they can cause rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure, which can pose major threats to a child's health.

The county is no stranger to banning unhealthy substances. Suffolk recently banned the sale of bath salts and synthetic marijuana often sold as "Spice."

Fire Departments Help in Nassau

Most of Suffolk County's 109 fire departments have helped out their brethren in Long Beach, Island Park, and Lido Beach over the past month, sending firefighters in 24-hour shifts to help fire departments that been working non-stop since Superstorm Sandy devastated the area a month ago.

"Unlike Suffolk County, where we had damage but didn't lose trucks or fire houses, these guys actually lost houses and equipment," said Greg James, chief fire coordinator with Suffolk County Fire Rescue Emergency Services. "And then of course, a lot of firemen had their own homes destroyed."

Suffolk County FRES coordinated with all departments, ensuring that different parts of the county were helping out on different days. This way, neighboring districts of those up in Nassau could be on call if an extra truck or engine was needed in the case of an emergency.

James said about 15 firefighters from Suffolk were sent each day to lend a hand.

Health Department: Not Too Late for Flu Shots

If you haven't had a chance to get your flu shots this year, Suffolk's Department of Health Services says you don't need to worry — there's still time.

“Influenza is a serious disease that should be treated as such,” Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken said in a statement. “Most people who become infected with the flu will suffer with fever, congestion, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches over the course of a week or two and will eventually recover completely. However, some are at greater risk for serious complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death."

The flu season, which peaks in January, can last into May. So far, New York State has seen a steep jump in flu cases this year, the department said.

John Gruber December 04, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I find it to be the ultimate hypocrisy. And one shouldn't base their ideas of freedom on men who owned slaves. And no, those are unwanted embryos. So you have a problem with removing unwanted fertilized eggs, but not with the fact someone is using men who owned slaves to support their idea of freedom? you may have moved past that, but there are still families here who wonder why weren't their ancestors free. I have no problem with the argument of to much government, just the fact that their main support comes from slave owners and the that neither mention the Patriot Act, something that many feel violate their freedom to privacy. Also, I'm not sure what a "de" is
Had Enuf! December 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Did you know that caffeine can contribute to aggressive driving? Therefore I am going to petition Kara Hahn, my county legislator, to introduce a bill banning coffee drinking behind the wheel, or anywhere in the front seat for that matter. Aggressive driving can kill don't you know.
janet kent December 04, 2012 at 07:10 PM
John...you will not weave me into your feel good web with your name calling nor judgement of who/what I may be defending...and your "therefore" I am a hypocrite.(name calling). Heck, you can even argue over a typo of imperfection of Preliator's de. Spiders are off my list.
Preliator December 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
John I don't know what to make of you, it is like trying to argue with quicksilver; fast, slippery and shapeless. Do me a favor and tell me what you would base your ideas of freedom on; humor me. As for the 'de' it was a line I thought deleted, must have missed a bit.
Preliator December 04, 2012 at 08:43 PM
No but how else can they justify their pay, their perks and their benefits.
John Gruber December 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
maybe it's possible you don't know what to make of me because my views don't completely side with either party? I'm all for the individual to make to their own decisions, as long as they have all the info they need, hence why I said they should just slap on warnings on the drink and let the consumer decide. I just don't think using people who owned slaves as an example of freedom is appropriate.
John Gruber December 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I'm not "weaving" anything. There's no debate, you agreed with someone who alI they did was bash Islam and thinks anyone with the name Hussein is a terrorist. That is racist. Look it up if you don't believe me. I call it as I see it. 1)You defended someone who made severely racist comments that had nothing to do with the topic and then say MY comments had nothing to do with it 2) you then called me out for insulting those racist comments while then insulting me in the same breath. 3) You claim my comments had nothing to do with the article, yet agree with someone who talks about judging people based on their middle name and Somali Muslims, on an article about energy drinks. Why no comment about their post having nothing to do with the blog? For the same reason most don't, they agree with what's being said, despite the fact it's completely irrelevant to the what's being discussed. All 3 examples are definitions of a hypocrite. You called out my comments because they went against someone you agree with. Again, you make no mention of their comments of Islam and the name Hussein but just say that it's MY comments that have nothing to do with this. That's all there is to it.
Laura December 05, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The emails were great. Agree or Disagree we gave our opinion. We all care about kids. Being a parent is not a 9 - 5 job. You want what is best. The question is should the government write a law, putting an age restriction on Red Bull ? My answer is no. They really need to fix the economy. Create new jobs. Lower my taxes. Help those devastated by Sandy. The list could gone on and on. That job description falls on the parents. There are a lot of great parents on this site. What is your answer. Please be nice and respect some elses email. Thanks Laura
Jim December 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
THEY ARE NOT EMAILS, YOU NITWIT. THEY ARE POSTS ON A MESSAGE BOARD. THE EMAILS YOU GET ARE NOTIFICATIONS THAT SOMEONE REPLIED TO YOUR POST OR THIS THREAD. STOP CALLING THEM EMAILS, IT MAKES NO SENSE, YOU DIMWIT!
Frank T December 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Jim you are so smart tell us more. You could release the caps lock now.
TTTT December 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Very ironic that the ad in the upper right hand corner of this page (which, by the way, didn't actually display unless you clicked on it) was for 5 hour power energy drink - until it changed to something else.
Stina December 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
May I remind you that this discussion is about banning this drink to KIDS? Kids don't drive, for the most part. You seem to be so carried away that you are confused.
Stina December 05, 2012 at 07:06 PM
TTTTT, you just made my day. It's like a McDonald's ad on the commercial during Dr. Oz's show about how fast food is bad for you. My son is legally blind and has what they call Nystagmus, which is shaky eyeballs. I was on the support group web page when one of those pop up ads came up. It as wobbly eyeballs saying look at this ad. I was as dumbfounded as you must have been.
Stevo December 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Good post
jeremiah bullfrog December 05, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Maybe you people so fond of arguing for government involvement will be happy when the government must pre-approve your posts! Then you will have your moment of clarity like the rest of us!
Stevo December 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
We don't need the government to pre-approve our comments. We have the Patch to do that.
Rosie Grier December 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Another right wing, tea party , conspiracy theory, delusion. The government is NOT going to take over with censorship. So just stop. You sound like Sarah Palin.
Laura December 05, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Jim... I wish you a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year. My holiday email
jeremiah bullfrog December 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Oh yeah your correct, I must be mistaken about the whole debacle on capitol hill over rating record labels. I may sound like sarah palin, but you sound like her butt. I was bringing up the fact of where does government involvement stop?Its 1 liberty taken here, 1 there and before you know it, its not a free country. But if you couldnt figure out that was a tongue in cheek comment, your certainly not smart enough to debate anything
jeremiah bullfrog December 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
And by the way Rosie, I served in the USMC during Desert Storm. When Clinton envoked the "dont ask dont tell" policy. We were told exactly how to reply if questioned by media by our commanding officer. I was also lined up and walked thru a door with people standing on each side of the door with innoculation guns. When I questioned what was in it, I was told"stuff thats good for you, move on,next". So dont tell me what your ill advised opinion believes is truth on government. No clown in Washington gives a crap about you, me, or anyone other than their immediate family and where their carreer is going. These are people you want making decisions for you? The less they are involved in my life personally, the better.
Jim December 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Hey Frank T - shove it! Why are you even commenting on the patch of a town you are not a resident of and on a story for a county that you do not live in?
Jim December 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Bah humbug!
Laura December 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Jeremiah Thank you for your service. Happy Holidays.
janet kent December 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Thank you for defending our liberties and freedoms Jeremiah! Thank you for your opinions of government. Thank you for telling it like it is. and ...Merry Christmas.
jeremiah bullfrog December 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Thank you for your appreciation! Seasons greetings to all
Jim December 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Wow Laura, you really must be a halfwit. You keep referring to COMMENTS posted on patch aricles as "email". This makes you look extremely dumb, not to mention you keep doing it after you were corrected. E-Mail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4564093_email-work.html http://www.amazon.com/E-Mail-Dummies-Second-Edition-Levine/dp/0764501313 E-Mail:
Frank T December 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Jim, your an angry elf! How do you know where I live? Anyway it's still a free country, enjoy it while it lasts.
Rosie Grier December 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Jeremiah, where did you ever come up with that clever retort? Sarah Palin's butt, huh? Man, you got me good didn't you? But seriously, it makes you sound like a 6 year old. Sorry but I don't see record labels as censorship. The government does not tell anyone they can't MAKE whatever kind of music they want, and the government does to tell anyone that they can't BUY it if they want it. I don't necessarily like the idea of record labels, but I'm not willing to say the government is taking away my freedoms because of them.I just don't see it that way. Movies are rated too.(I KNOW it's not by the government.) People are free to use those ratings to decide whether they want their child to see a movie (or if they want to see it themselves), or they can choose to ignore the ratings. But they are there for the people who are interested in them. Record labels, same thing.
Rosie Grier December 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I have a little problem with the Patriot Act ( BUSH) though. Did you know that the reason that you are not allowed to transfer funds between your own bank accounts, say from a savings to a checking, more than 6 times in a month is a result of the Patriot act? Somehow, some idiot thought that we need to restrict EVERYONE's transferring of funds, instead of just those that seem suspicious (potential terrorists). Now THAT is a scary intrusion from the government. Way to back off your ridiculous statement by calling it tongue in cheek. Behind every joke is some truth right? Somehow you really believe that to some extent otherwise you wouldn't have said it.
Rosie Grier December 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Jeremiah,I respect you as a soldier and protector of the country. Thank you. I was never in the military, but it seems to me that when you joined the military, you signed up to live by a different set of rules than the rest of us while you are under their command. Censorship in the military is very different than in the general public. I'm sure there are MANY MANY more things that you are prohibited from saying because of the sensitive nature of whatever it might be.(That is NOT to say someone's sexuality is a matter of national security, so THANK GOD Obama overturned that policy.) My point is, when you are in the military, you live by their rules. Hell, they even tell you what to WEAR too, don't they? Isn't that an infringement on your rights? But they have rules for you to live by, so you live by them.When you joined, you agreed that your commanders would tell you what to do, and you would do it. So don't complain and say you were censored on that one issue just because it's a convenient argument here. BTW, I agree that There are very few politicians who have our best interests at heart. That's on both sides. But there are good people on both sides too.

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