Canada's energy drink crackdown needs more than recalls to dissuade kids, say parents and teachers

Every year, Juliet Brown watches teenagers cluster together and one-up each other about who got the least amount of sleep the night before. Later, between classes, she’ll watch as the same groups buy energy drinks from a nearby gas station to fight off heavy eyes.

“There seems to be this celebration of fatigue … like, ‘Oh, I stayed up until 3:00. Well, I stayed up until 4:00,’ ” said Brown, a high school educator in Burnaby, B.C., with three children of her own.

“Then if you add energy drinks or something with that caffeine, you’ve got a perfect storm of kids who are both tired and overstimulated.”

Brown is among the parents

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