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There’s a new drug that’s been floating around and it has the attention of United States lawmakers due to the deadly effects it has had, and the risk it poses for much more to occur. So what is this drug? Heroin? Crack? Nope, it’s caffeine.
Specifically, it’s a pure caffeine powder where one teaspoon equals 28 cups of actual coffee! According to the FDA, very small amounts cause accidental overdoses, and “can include rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures and death.”
This deadly powder is being shopped online in bulk bags. Measuring out a safe dose is near impossible when using typical kitchen measurement tools. The FDA explains further: “Volume measures, such as teaspoons, are not precise enough to calculate how many milligrams of caffeine are in the serving size.”
There is now a push from senators to ban the substance, as a letter sent to the FDA by Democratic senators stated such while railing against the FDA for their disappointing actions in not dealing with the dangerous pure caffeine powder and the huge dangers that it pose.
Two overdose deaths have already been reported from the product in 2014.
Logan Stiner was a high school senior who used the product to boost his energy, but ended up dying as a result of using it, as he misjudged the proper dosage.
James Wade Sweatt was 24-year-old college grad who made a blended drink and included the product in the mix. He died as a result.
The FDA has recommended that people avoid this pure caffeine powder after the deaths occurred, while also sending out warning letters to five distributors in 2015. The FDA stated: “these products are dangerous and present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury to consumers.”
Senators are arguing that a warning letter and a recommendation are far from enough.
The senators stated the following in their letter: “It is disturbing that despite two unintended and untimely deaths associated with powdered caffeine, the FDA has done little to regulate these products or adequately enforce the standards in place to protect Americans. These products do not provide a way to measure a safe dosage per FDA recommendations, and are sold in quantities that could easily kill hundreds of individuals if ingested incorrectly.”
Energy drinks such as Red Bull and Rockstar have been found to be dangerous as well. There was a study which showed that consuming just one energy drink can spike up blood pressure big time. This presents a risk for stroke and heart attacks.
And those other energy boosters like the 5-Hour Energy shots? The FDA also looked into deaths in which energy boosters were used.
Dr. Nieca Goldberg who works as a cardiologist and is the director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, put it very simply by stating the following:
“I bet a lot of people don’t realize how much caffeine they’re getting.”
It’s true that caffeine consumption is no longer limited to just a few cups of coffee in the morning. Now many people are using drinks and boosters, as well as this dangerous powder caffeine, throughout the day and into the night, causing a situation where people have caffeine running through them practically 24/7!