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Doctors have warned miners to be cautious of using a body-building supplement containing a synthetic stimulant used to stay awake.
According to The West Australian mining workers have been using Jack3d, a pre-workout supplement used to give added gym stamina, to get through long shifts when they are tired.
The powder contains caffeine and the synthetic stimulate dimethylamylamine, which both act to banish fatigue.
Australian Medical Association WA president Dave Mountain told The West Australian users of supplements like Jack3d risked heart arrhythmia and other problems.
“It’s not a good way for people to be trying to stay awake to cope with their work life, and it’s dangerous if they’re driving or operating machinery and making poor decisions, which is not what you want when people are possibly working on mine sites,” he said.
Mountain said overstimulation and sleep deprivation could also pose risks to mental health.
On its website Jack3d said the powder had “minimal known side effects”.
“Because of the caffeine content, we will never recommend more than 3 scoops of Jack3d, and most beginners should start with half a scoop and only increase by a half scoop at a time,” it said.
Jack3D is the latest synthetic to gain popularity with Australian miners, and follows the banning of the synthetic cannabis product Kronic earlier this year.
According to Chemcentre Kronic had previously been used by up to 30 per cent of workers at some mine sites.