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Chester Mayor Commends Two Employees for Efforts Fighting Four Loko

In December, Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. commended Crozer-Keystone employees, Nafis Nichols and Rev. Dr. William “Rocky” Brown, for raising awareness of the dangers of the alcoholic energy beverage Four Loko in the Chester community. 

Nichols is senior program coordinator of the Chester Drug Free Communities Coalition, which is facilitated by the Crozer Wellness Center. Brown is a certified drug and alcohol addiction counselor at Community Hospital.

In the summer of 2010, Nichols and Brown led efforts to make those in the community aware about Four Loko, a beverage that contains high levels of both alcohol and caffeine. The beverage and other similar beverages rose into the national spotlight last fall, leading the FDA to issue a warning letter on Nov. 17, 2010, to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcohol beverages citing that the caffeine added constituted an “unsafe food additive” and that further action, including the seizure of their products, may occur under federal law. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board also sent letters to liquor stores urging distributors to discontinue the sale of the drink. In response, the manufacturer of Four Loko announced that it would remove caffeine, guarana (which contains caffeine), and the amino acid taurine from its product.

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