Posted at: 03/04/2013 4:52 PM
Updated at: 03/04/2013 5:54 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - Leanne and Michael Sparling's son Michael tried the over-the-counter supplement as a way to make himself a more physically fit soldier.
"We understood the risk of being a military family and they get out of that car and tell us that our son was killed overseas," Leanne Sparling told an Albany news conference. "We never could imagine that I would receive a phone call early in the morning saying that my son had collapsed during a routine PT run and had suffered a heart attack."
Senator Jeff Klein (D - Bronx/Westchester), leader of the Independent Democrats, is sponsoring a bill that would ban dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in products sold in New York.
"Today, putting manufacturers on notice we will no longer allow you to use the loosely regulated supplement industry as a way to profit at the expense of our children's lives," klein said.
DMAA began showing up around 2006.
It hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which is notoriously lax in regulating over the counter supplements.
Within the last year the feds have taken some interest, but as Senator Malcolm Smith points out "you probably have more difficulty in New York getting a 32 ounce soda, yet still you can buy DMAA over the counter."
Retired baseball slugger Jose Canseco was brought in to help focus attention during a news conference and subsequent round table discussion.
"A lot of young kids will take any risk to get where their idols are, to make that hundred million dollar contract," Canseco said.