Teen Wrestler Dies of Caffeine Overdose. What’s Your Kid Drinking These Days?


July 21, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013

Caffeine wrestler death

Just barely 18, Logan died recently of a caffeine overdose. What’s your teen drinking these days?

In February of this year I wrote a blog on the dangers of over-caffeinated Energy Drinks like Red Bull. Many consumers, especially teens, just can’t seem to get enough of these stimulants. When they should be drinking water, they are guzzling NRG drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star or “UPSHOT.”

The result?

Teens are getting sick and there is evidence that such consumption may be acting as a gateway to harder and harder substances like a variety of drugs, including cocaine and heroine.

hulk and drink ad

Thirsty? How about water? Who wants to turn green anyways, the Hulk?

Now, it seems like an increasing number of teens are simply bypassing most of the “Bull” and going straight for the stimulant.

Caffeine to be exact. In its absolute, pure, anhydrous and possibly lethal form.

Just ask the parents of Logan Stiner, an 18 year-old wrestler and prom king who sadly, didn’t live to attend his own graduation from LaGrange, Ohio high school just a few weeks ago.


The toxicology reports just in make it clear. Young Logan died from a lethal overdose of caffeine powder. He was using it to both lose weight to ensure he made his wrestler weight and to stay super-alert for his matches.

Be all you can be, until you can’t.

His body had 70 micrograms of caffeine per one milliliter of blood. That’s about 23 times more than an adult who drinks about 8 cups of coffee will have in their system at their peak in any given day.

caffeine pure powder

Pure caffeine powder. Better off having a cup of Java instead.

Local school superintendent Jay Arbaugh probably captured most if not all the sentiments of teen parents everywhere when he said, “I don’t think any of us knew that this stuff was out there.”

But teens seem to know the “stuff” is out there and frankly, easy, legal and completely unregulated to purchase.

For $12.95 anyone can purchase pure caffeine powder from retailers like “The Variety Shoppe.” This will get you a small can of about 1 oz. Yet, all it takes is one small teaspoon of the powder to equal 25 cups of black, caffeinated coffee. According to Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, even just 1/16th of a teaspoon contains 200 milligrams of caffeine and that can cause sickness, dizziness, hallucination and vomiting.

caffeine bottle

Don’t look for this to be regulated anytime soon.

Worse, because of the pure form of the powder measuring it in accurate amounts even by ordinary kitchen spoons or measuring cups can result in erroneous weights. A fairly sophisticated scale is needed. And let’s face it unless your teen is already building a meth lab or a serious chemistry student they tend to not have those lying around the home.

A day after the toxicology report came out on Logan the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) issued a warning about the possible dangers of caffeine powder.

At the moment this may be a classic case of “too little, too late.”

Too late for Logan and too little to be of much good for the literally thousands of teens who are using and abusing this product as a dietary supplement and as a sort of “super-sized” NoDoze pill.

This is because the only action that the USFDA has officially committed to is “to look into the matter” and to “take appropriate regulatory action” if warranted.

The truth?

When this product first was being manufactured and sold the FDA was fully aware it was hitting the mainstream market. But through effective lobbying, the makers of this product fought to ensure that it was seen as falling under the safe umbrella of “natural herbal and organic plant health” products.

Even today in the wake of Logan’s death, retailers like “The Variety Shoppe” only disclose that a side effect is “possible increased urination.”

Yeah, okay, so that is what killed Logan.

Dr. Henry Spiller of the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio appeared as stunned as the rest of the community when he said, “I can’t believe you can buy this…honestly, I mean, it’s frightening…It makes no sense to me.”


Makes no sense to me either what you humans put in your bodies and you know, I’m a dog.

Well, you, and by that I mean teens who will almost absolutely abuse this product can and are getting their hands on this product. And the sense is more like “cents” as this is one of the fastest growing “health” products being sold in retail stores and on-line.

Last year hospitals across the US saw a continued increase (over 30,000) of emergency care to mostly teens due to abuse of, you guessed it, energy drinks and water laced with caffeine.

A CDC official recently expressed concern that the next “wave” of visits may be due to the increased popularity and easy access of anhydrous, pure caffeine powder.

Exactly the stuff that killed Logan.

So, here’s a piece of unsolicited advice. Don’t wait for the FDA to maybe, possibly, someday, take action. Ask a simple question of your teen today. And if the answer is yes then do the right thing. Toss the caffeine powder away.

Make them a cappuccino instead. And everyone lives to see another day with just a little bit of luck.


Look, you can even make artsy stuff with coffee you can’t do with the powder anyways.

Being a parent of a teen these days may have just gotten a bit harder.





56 thoughts on “Teen Wrestler Dies of Caffeine Overdose. What’s Your Kid Drinking These Days?

  1. Samuel D says:

    I didn’t know that pure caffeine powder was out there like that and it does scare me to think about it. Most people would agree that teenagers don’t make the best choices, especially when it comes to their health. I remember drinking Monster energy drinks for lunch when I was a freshman in high school and as I look back, I can see the side effects and how they were impacting me (even though I couldn’t see them then). Quick bursts of energy followed by extreme fatigue and dehydration. The powder also doesn’t appear to be the hardest thing to get either. I guess we can add this to the list of many things that can hurt us because we don’t exercise caution before using it.

  2. Rachel B. says:

    I knew that you could buy caffeine pills and I will admit I have some. I have rarely ever used them, but thought they might be nice if I ever didn’t feel like having coffee. Then again I worked in a local coffee shop in college and we were pretty serious about our coffee and espresso. As a result I drink coffee every day and have used the pills 3 or 4 times in the 6 months I have had them. It scares me to think of young people consuming caffeine like this. I mean when I was in high school I was busy with sports year round which was hard at times. If I was ever exhausted, but unable to sleep I would drink a coke or other type of soda. I never got into the hype of energy drinks and I didn’t like coffee until college. I have a friend with a 12 year old son who is like a little brother to me. He has mentioned liking coffee or energy drinks, and now I want to talk to him about this and make sure he is making wise decisions about it. What worries me most is that teens can get this so easily and the FDA is dragging their heels on doing anything about it. It is one thing for a grown adult to buy it, but considering the health concerns associated, young people should not have access to this without parents’ permission. I cannot imagine consuming as much caffeine as Logan did, and he probably didn’t realize how dangerous it was. I hope this issue becomes more heavily publicized so parents can get educated and hopefully teens will see the danger behind it.

  3. Michael R. says:

    The frequently cited nutritional adage of “moderation is key” certainly, in my estimation, applies to this case. For every instance where someone abuses caffeine or for every scientific study that suggest the compound is detrimental to one’s health there are alternative scientific studies that suggest caffeine possess health benefits. Am I a caffeine drinker? Yes! I greatly enjoy morning cup or cups of coffee. However, I would not recommend consuming caffeine anhydrous, which is essentially a compound of caffeine with little or no water, or any other form of caffeine for that matter, so much that one overdoses on the compound. In the case of Logan, I would consider 70 micrograms of caffeine per one milliliter of blood to be excessive. Again, moderation is key.

    • Michael-moderation is key, how true, sounds like you are an adult with a fully formed frontal brain lobe 🙂 of course the problem is the access for teens who are only thinking of now and fast results, some adults sadly too!

  4. Dylan G says:

    This is a scary product to hear about. I have always felt that energy drinks would become a
    “gateway drink” to other substances, but have never heard of this form of caffeine until your posting. Hopefully this gets out to other teens before it is too late. I was friends with numerous wrestlers in high school that would do whatever it would take to “cut” weight for their matches. If this form of caffeine was available to them at the time then I know that they would have taken it and faced the same risks. There are some scary tactics used to modify weight quickly by wrestlers, but this one takes the cake. Hopefully the FDA will use the death of this young man to act swiftly and help prevent any other people from dying.

    • Julie M says:

      Dylan, I remember talking with a co-worker who was a wrestler in high school and his attempts to make weight including crash dieting and not drinking water… Now there are even more methods but the same result. I’ve never understood this detrimental but sanctioned practice due to its potential to cause long-term damage to health.

  5. Thad G says:

    I know kids who have used this pure caffeine powder and all have gotten sick at times and now at least say they no longer use it. me, this stuff scares me and after reading this blog even more. There has got to be a better way to lose weight and stay alert.

    • Karen P W says:

      I really think we have to change our approach to the whole thing. As the responsible parties, the push to “MAKE” weight should not be sanctioned by any adult in the care of a minor. There are not many healthy ways to MAKE oneself lose pounds in weeks, especially for a young, growing, not fully developed body or mind. The pressure to compete at a certain level should be removed and young people encouraged to engage in strength/weight training according to their own body style. I can think of the pressure young girls are under to be the “ideal” for some market driven standard of beauty. Our young men are under pressure to fit the “ideal” of the ultimate competitor. Any passion has to be tempered with understanding that being safe and healthy is priority. The adults over our sports and competitions have to be that vehicle of reason.

      (I am not blaming the adults in this case, but our society truly puts the value on the wrong things sometimes. Just think of the lawsuits against the NFL because it had evidence of the affect of the sport on the bodies and minds of young men, yet withheld it for the sake of money. Now, they are fighting to not have to pay in full for the damage and pain that so many have suffered in the name of the game.)

  6. taylor d says:

    To be completely honest I currently consume both pure liquid caffeine as well as caffeine pills on a regular basis in addition to a daily cup of coffee. With that being said I am fully aware of the actual amount that I consume on a daily basis. I accept the health risk but as long as I know how much my body can handle in relation to my physical build and energy expended I can safely consume these higher than normal levels. Just like any substance when done in a controlled manner can be safely used. The major issues come public knowledge when someone of such a young age as this teen was tragically passing for people to have an issue with it. Now I am not trying to belittle the death of this young man because it is extremely disheartening to know that people who have not done the research or have the knowledge of the substances they are consuming. For individuals such as myself who know their own bodies and have done the research on what they are consuming it is and can be perfectly safe to consume at higher levels then traditionally accepted as truth.

    • Paula Y says:

      Taylor- fine for you I guess, it sounds like you are careful but many are not, and as doctors say in the blog from Dr. R, they have major concerns, I think we all should, especially for kids.

  7. Jason K says:

    I don’t usually do blog comments but my sister told me check this one out. And, surprisingly, it makes sense and for once an adult doesn’t seem to be acting like anyone under 25 is an idiot. I knew about this caffeine powder and was thinking of buying some to try. Now, IDK, doesn’t seem worth the risk. But I ain’t giving up red bull…yet.

  8. Gerald J says:

    This makes me want to watch my own caffeine intake. Every time I walk into a quiktrip I’m looking for Neurosonic o r Xenergy (very strong, on tough days.) Drinking half a can of Xenergy in the morning usually has be alert for the entire day, and sometimes unable to sleep at night. I’ve never been a coffee drinker but this makes me want to consider it as an alternative. This also makes me question how did the FDA approve this product for easy purchase.

  9. Erica Teague Friend says:

    Unfortunately, as parents we try our best to develop this open relationship with our children to reassure them that they can talk to us about any and everything and often times we have this conversation with them about all the dangerous stuff that is out there. No matter how hard we try, we are not with our children 100% of the day and don’t always have a clue of things they are consuming that may be detrimental. We try to warn them of drugs, illegal substances and other dangerous things they can face but sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other. It is tough to be a teen these days, there is so much peer pressure to engage in things that are life threatening…this powder caffeine is a new one that i wasn’t even aware of. Even if you show kids these types of stories and other stories with equally dangerous consequences, they still take it upon themselves to try out the newest craze or fad that’s going around…they never know when being a “test dummy” could turn out to be so dangerous.

  10. Sharriette F says:

    This is a sad story and a wake-up call. We have gotten too busy as a society and too relaxed with our diets to pay attention to the small things. As we see in Logan’s case, a seemingly small thing could turn out to be a very big thing. For most substances, legal of otherwise, having too much kills. We now have definite proof that having too much caffeine is a killer. It is too late for Logan’s family. It is not too late for the rest of us. We have the opportunity to make a change. Hopefully, this wake-up call prompts us to do that. Years ago, a doctor advised me to avoid stimulant foods as much as possible. That passing advice has reaped huge benefits for my health. Logan’s story is a reminder that we need to take better care of ourselves.

    • Sherry B says:

      Sharriette, this is indeed an eye opener to think about our health and make better choices to ensure that our bodies are taken in the right products.

  11. KAB says:

    When I was in high school, I was not drinking energy drinks like my friends were. I was just tired if I pulled a all nighter the night before school. I think it is very scary that there are things like this out there. I remember when the drink Surge was out, it had so much caffeine in it, that it had directions on the box of how many you could drink and be safe. I was young, so I could drink like half before my parents were ready to pull their hair out. Parents just need to really keep their eyes open to what is going on with their children, I know that is easier said than done.

  12. Khari L says:

    I think it is crazy how kids can get access to so much drugs and the FDA is not moving fast enough to change the rules of distribution. The overall dosage in one day should not be any more than 200 milligrams per day. Depending on the flavor Crystal light packets carry a caffeine 50-80 milligrams. The parents can give their kids a few of those every now and then and should be good through the day. When I was in high school caffeine was not a big deal but those days coaches did not care what we took as long as we performed on the field. Of course, the stuff we took had to be legal in order to consume. The FDA should put a red label on all products with the potential to harm kids. I have learned in the business department when grocery stores want to catch customer’s attention they color code items. The strategy catches their eye which send a signal to the brain. Once the attention is on the product they will be intrigued in buying. If the FDA does not wish to handle the matter quicker because of this death then they better expect a lot of letters, emails, and phones of angry individuals who lost a loved one.

  13. Julie M says:

    I would suggest, in addition to asking the FDA to regulate the substance, that a market-based campaign would also be effective. We all went to high school, and we all remember being vulnerable to advertising and peer pressure. Is it time to tell the marketers and stores that continue to target teens as a specific demographic, that we won’t allow these dangerous products to be sold in the stores where we shop? I compare this to the sale of “incense” or “bath salts” which is synthetic marijuana at many gas stations where I live, it is the sellers’ choice to carry these products and they need to make a different choice based on their customers’ feedback.

  14. Amanda H D says:

    There was a Time magazine article a couple of years ago that pointed out why teenagers may engage in riskier behavior. I call it a lack of respect for the things that can kill you but they of course had some scientific lingo for it. Their brains are not quite developed in ways an adult brain is. They are more prone to take bigger risks when the consequences are expressly laid out for them. Although I do remember jumping from train trestles into a lake even though I was expressly told I would die if I did it wrong (peer pressure). And obviously “Increased Urination” does not adequately disclose what all can go wrong when taking this drug. Well we can’t really change the human brain (as much as we would like to anyway) so we’re going to have to deal with good ole’ nosey parenting and regulation instead. And like Khari pointed out, the FDA moves slowly, especially so when you’re being paid off by lobbyists.

  15. Hank R says:

    I am a parent of a teen wrestler. I wrestled in high school and matched in tournaments. And we just went through some tough times as our teen was using a number of things, CP included and as your blog says, he got real sick and we got lucky and found out. before the illness we had no idea and like I said, I wrestled and drank coffee and took salt pills (in those days that was supposed to help lose weight). It is an issue, and not just wrestlers but our teen knows girls who use it to stay awake and stay thin. Thanks for posting. This is a good blog. Keep the informed topics coming!

  16. Bianca M says:

    Teens probably don’t tell their parents they have it because it is legal and they can buy it in stores. Maybe from this the schools can put more awareness to things such as caffeine powder and other things that cause harm. In addition, this shows the pressures athletes face with weight and other things as well. I actually never heard of caffeine powder so its amazing how teens can find things. This blog topic should be shared because if I did not read this I probably would have continued to not be in the know. I think teens may still try to use moderate doses whatever they think that may be. But still the smallest amount like you stated is still a lot in regards to cups of coffee.

  17. Jill V says:

    Caffeine powder…seriously raising a teen is getting harder and harder these days. It seems like everytime you turn around, something new has hit the “market.” As an avid coffee drinker, I know the effects and the withdrawals one can go through without having their morning cup. I could only imagine what it’d be like if it was nothing but pure caffeine. Our bodies shouldn’t have to rely on such a stimulant to get up and going. We need to start eating better and raising our energy levels in a much safer way.

  18. La'Keiya B says:

    Wow… this is sad. Teens today have enough challenges as it is. My brother normally walks to the store after school to buy him a drink. His favorite drink was Red Bull. One day my mom was home and saw him come home with an unopened can. She was really upset and informed him on the dangers of consuming Red Bull. She and my brother walked to the store and she told the cashier that my brother is not allowed to buy this product. Parents have to take the initiative to safeguard their children from harm when they can. Unfortunately, teenagers are really good at keeping secrets. There should be a grassroots effort to push for regulations. Lobbyists may have cash but we have the voice.

  19. Tinisha S. says:

    I certainly had no idea that caffeine power was accessible or even on slightly on the market. I can admit to using caffeinated supplements like No Dose to stay awake from time to time. However, to take these supplement for weight lost is something new for me, and I certainly was unaware that you can overdose from caffeine. This is truly a sad story but is an experience I will definitely consider to be an eye opener. The real issue is that is doesn’t stop there; I am sure there are other dangerous drugs in the market that are being used and going undetected by the FDC and the CDC. Regulation and policy definitely needs to go into effect soon because prime users of such underground supplements are our teens.

  20. Shannon V says:

    I must confess, I am not a parent (only to my four-legged “kids” 🙂 Each day, however, I realize more and more how difficult a task parents have nowadays. I don’t think raising children was ever easy, but in present day society, no matter which way you turn, challenges prevail. The pressure on children today is overwhelming for me to think about. The fact that Logan had access to the caffeine powder is troubling, but what surprises me the most is that he took it “to ensure he made his wrestler weight and to stay super-alert for his matches.” While I understand the desire to want to be the best, the pressure placed on young adults is unsettling. It’s very sad for me to think that Logan was willing to gamble with his health, all for the sake of wrestling matches. A life cut short too soon. It’s situations like this that make me truly bothered that company can lobby to keep an unsafe “supplement” out there and make money off a population that cannot fully rationalize the broad scope of the decisions they are making (children / young adults).

  21. Tammy H says:

    there aren’t enough well written blogs that are actually important. This is one. This is a problem and as Dr. Rabidoux says, the FDA is and will continue to drag its feet. As a parent, you have every right to check. To heck with “boundaries.” Boundaries tend to kill. Throw this crap out. We did and no doubt it saved our kids’ life.

  22. Thomas C says:

    As a parent of three teenagers (all of whom consume carbonated beverages) this topic hits close to home. I must admit I do not know exactly how much caffeine this consumption provides them on a daily basis. Certainly, I have been cognizant about them not having too much of these products, because of the long-term health concerns, but the idea that the caffeine could be so deadly is shocking! Now I understand what is being discussed here is the abuse of a powder form of caffeine, but to me the lines are blurred. As a result, this post is goes beyond the powder to other everyday products that have caffeine. It is very disturbing to find out how easy something potentially so deadly can be obtained. While some, including myself, feel that consuming caffeine in moderation is okay, I believe that kids (even up to the age of 18) should not have access to large quantities. As far as the powder, I am not sure if my kids are even aware that it exists, but I will know tonight.

    That being said, I believe it is the responsibility of parents, not government to take action to protect our children from these types of harmful substances. However as my situation demonstrates, some parents may not be aware of this problem; thus the first step is awareness. That is where the government can help! Simply Ignoring the problem or regulating things so much, that you cannot even buy cold medicine at the store is not the answer. I am not one the people who believes the governments should deregulate everything; to me the issue is where to draw the line before moving from parents to policy. Unfortunately, I do not know the answer to that question, but I do believe that in this case that line has not been crossed.

  23. Charles H says:

    As a parent of 2, it didn’t occur to me that this was as serious of the threat as it clearly is. I’m guilty of consuming energy drinks such as Monster and Rockstar and find that they desensitize myself to coffee which I love, but am often in a rush in the mornings and don’t have time to make. Grabbing an energy drink out of the fridge is much faster, but on days when I can enjoy a cup of Joe, it literally does nothing for me. I would have to drink an entire pot to feel any effect like I would with a Monster. I have recently begun weening myself off of Monsters because it just seems that they are full of many other things aside form caffeine that just don’t seem like a good idea, but now, I guarantee that my caffeine intake as well as the rest of my family will be monitored more closely. My children are young, so to know this early and be able to make caffeine knowledge clear at an early age, I think I can curtail extreme usage such as this. I’m still in shock that something this deadly is going unregulated or at the very least have a age minimum to purchase. how does the FDA allow a child purchase a product that in its entire sold quantity can kill them? Shocked. Thank you for the article. Very insightful and eye-opening.

  24. Chandria says:

    This is a real eye-opener. As an adult, even I am not comfortable with drinking more than half a cup of caffeinated coffee. I know this because I’ve experienced jitteriness from drinking caffeinated coffee, which is why I only drink decaffeinated coffee if I drink it at all. As I understand it, even decaffeinated coffee has some caffeine. I can’t imagine a child that is still growing, even in his/her teenage years, consuming the levels of caffeine this young man consumed.

    The pressures to succeed can be very tough on a child. Many kids are learning their alphabet, numbers and other school lessons well before beginning kindergarten. There is basically a race to get your child to advanced level courses very early in life because it seems the tone is set very early for how a child will progress in the school systems in terms of college preparatory courses or intermediate type courses. Unfortunately, the knowledge of ‘legal’ drugs is not emphasized to children as much as ‘illegal’ drugs. Kids seem to think that if you can buy something over the counter, it must be relatively safe.

  25. Tricia P says:

    As someone who drinks up to 4 cups of coffee a day, I had no idea that caffeine powder was even available! I knew that energy drinks can be incredibly dangerous, and thus quit my occasional 5 Hour Energy habit. However, I didn’t realize the danger of this much caffeine. It makes me pause about my own caffeine habit, where the first cup of coffee has no effect on me. It takes about 2 cups to even wake me up in the morning. This incident also speaks to the pressures kids have to succeed, even in high school. Teenagers are willing to put their health at risk to excel in sports and school. Teenagers will always find new things to experiment with, and parents will always have to be attentive to what their kids are involved in.

  26. Timothy C says:

    Young people have been inhaling, injecting and ingesting non-traditional and nonprescription chemicals and drugs for years. Sadly education about the ills of these behaviors all too often come to light after some youth has been irreparably injured or in died- such as in the case of Logan. Most notable, this case- and others like it- draws attention to the adverse influence money and unscrupulous corporate character has on the health and safety of the general public. While it was regrettable that such a promising youth as Logan lost his life, it is most upsetting that considering the ease of overdose the manufacturer was able to lobby to have the product listed as a supplement thus placing Logan and others in harms way.

  27. Anya C says:

    This post, along with the comments are very eye-opening. I did not know that people could buy caffiene powder like this. I believe it is important now to educate parents and their kids. There has always been something new to come along and I believe the more parents and schools are aware of such things the parents have to take the initiative to be informed and be very watchful of their children. I am not a parent yet, but I know how important it is to share what is going on because if you don’t a child could be in for a world of hurt.

    • Sherry B says:

      Anya, I agree that it’s imparative that parents and their children become educated on this product. This was indeed an eye opener to me.

  28. Andrew D says:

    I, like many of my coworkers, was unaware that you could purchase pure caffeine until Mr. Stiner’s death. As a paramedic, many of my continuing education courses center around what’s “new” that we might encounter in the field and this has yet to be discussed. I have had several patients over the years that have overdosed on caffeine pills and called 911 due to a racing heart, jitters, inability to sleep, nausea, etc. I think that many teenagers (and some adults) will think of this as safe since caffeine is found in so many of our products. However, I question the delay in the FDA’s willingness to follow up. This seems to be a much different approach to the ephedra ban in the early 2000s. Although many adults took ephedra products as directed on the package, those that exceeded the dose were predisposed to cardiovascular events including stroke and heart attack. After several people died, the FDA completely banned the product in the U.S. It seems that there is an inconsistent approach to regulation from the FDA. On the other hand, while I agree that we need to protect our teens (especially the males that are more prone to take supplements and make poor decisions), do we want to give up our individual ability to make an informed choice about what we individually consume (although I am still trying to figure out why caffeine powder is needed). We know that alcohol and tobacco use are unsafe and can directly lead to death, yet do not restrict them. Maybe the answer is to limit certain supplements to adult purchase (not consumption). For instance, if you willing purchase caffeine powder for your teen, you assume the risk and responsibility for any unfavorable outcome. While I agree that it needs to be investigated, I am not in favor of some of the FDA’s all or nothing actions in the past.

  29. Sherry B says:

    This is another wake up call to parents. As a parent of two daughters I’m in outrage and disbelief that this type of product is on the market for our children to purchase over the counter. This is my first time ever hearing of caffeine powder but it brings great sadness to me to know that the FDA is aware of the harm that this drug is capable of doing to teens but still their allowing this product to be sold.
    In addition, this is why I don’t favor parents pushing their kids to be an outstanding sports player because sometimes the pressure leads to kids seeking these type of products to meet the expectations of coaches, peers, family, etc.

  30. Jaimie C says:

    So, the Monster Energy drink I just finished was probably a bad idea, right? I obviously don’t dispute the fact that energy drinks are bad for me and everyone else, but a lot of things are bad – red meat, sun light, and holding your bladder…I mean the list goes on and on. Of course I’m not trying to simplify this child’s death, but we all do things that are bad for use everyday, no one is exempt.
    If the grocery store color codes items based on what pleases the brain (as one blog comment states) then good for them for realizing it, we just have to be smarter than that. Perhaps have some self control? The grocery store also puts the most expensive items at eye level so you reach for those first. Guess what, that grocery store is there to sell you a product and generate profits. It’s no more the grocery’s store fault that we drink energy drinks than it is that McDonalds makes people fat. We have a choice.

  31. Kari W says:

    As a parent of a 16 year old boy and 13 year old girl, this scares the hell out of me! I constantly warn my kids about energy drinks and forbid them from drinking them, but how many kids listen to their parents? I can’t control what they do when they aren’t with me, so I spend a lot of time sharing stories like this one with them. It is like we have fallen down the rabbit hole and gone through the looking glass – Tennessee jailing pregnant women and the FDA looking the other way while kids die…..

  32. Lisa R says:

    Unfortunately, this story does not surprise many of us. What else does not surprise us is that it is FDA approved – along with so many other food, drink and supplement items. We put potentially deadly things into our bodies everyday, even when we do not realize it. We cannot even pronounce half of the ingredients of some of the most common drinks and food items that we feed ourselves and our children at times. Just because the FDA approves something, does not mean that it is anywhere close to being safe for us. You can only control what your kids put into their body until a certain point, and from then on, you can only pray that they will listen to your advice and not get wrapped up in these types of things. For most children, they believe they are invincible and it is only when they mature past their teen years (and some well beyond that) that they realize the dangers of things like this. While this is me dreaming, it would be great to see the FDA start taking some responsibility and start worrying more about the safety of people and less about the money they will receive from approving a product.

  33. Cassidy C. says:

    Wow, this story breaks my heart. I had no idea that pure caffeine powder was around. It’s such a sad reality that we live in a time where kids feel the need to take something like this to lose weight and stay alert. I wish they knew their true beauty lies within.

  34. Ashley G says:

    I have always feared energy drinks and caffeine pills that many of my college comrades would take to boost them in cramming for exams or writing papers! I took a no doz one time to pull an all nighter and shook profusely for 2 days and couldn’t sleep for 3! My mother always warned me about the side effects of energy drinks and caffeine pills on the heart, but experiencing it first hand was all I needed to stay away for life!!!

  35. Theresa L says:

    I never heard of using caffeine powder alone, however, I know about all these crazy hyped up energy drinks. This blog interested me because I have been a recent user of coffee but no energy drinks for me. I know many people who drinks these and I refuse to ever buy one at the store. I do not like the way they make me feel and I can tell after drinking one a long time ago how bad they probably are for you because of how ansy it makes you feel. That story is so terrible. I am from Cleveland, Ohio so I know where LaGrange and Columbus are. Over the weekend I overheard people talking about all the drugs young kids are trying these days and how a lot of them are not even in high school yet. It is terrible! Hopefully the FDA will learn to ban these kinds of products from the shelves. But then again, I feel like everything is bad for you!

  36. Patricia B says:

    Wow! As a grandparent of several young teens and pre-teens, this frightened me tremendously! I was with a friend just last week and her 7 year old grandchild was talking about this drink that she loved to get when she and her dad (parents are divorced) stopped to get gas. I had never heard of it and honestly didn’t know much about it. It was a drink called Rockstar Punched. After reading this blog, I did a little research. That can of Rockstar has 160mg of caffeine! Compare that to a can of Coke which has 34 mg and that child just consumed the equivalent of almost 5 cans of Coke!

    I not only immediately called my friend, I also called my grandchildren and talked to them about this. I consider myself pretty well-informed but I had no idea that these beverages were that highly caffeinated.

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  37. Callen says:

    This story was so scary to me when I first read about it this summer. It is so sad to me that today’s teens are so stressed, want to fit in or reach a goal so desperately that they are willing to risk their physical health to do so. My freshman year of college I took no doz to pull an all-nighter for finals. I remember thinking I was so legit while my classmates and I talked about how we were such dedicated students for staying up all night to study for exams. In all reality, if we had just put forth the effort to keep up with our studies all semester we could have gone to bed at a reasonable hour and more than likely done better on our finals. I remember the way my body felt when it finally tried to go to sleep the next day. I spent hours feeling like my insides were bouncing off the walls and my heart racing. I never took another pill or sip of an energy drink.

    In today’s society there is so much pressure on teens and young adults to measure up to almost impossible standards that they feel they cannot accomplish what they need to on their own accord. They feel the need to get their hands on any substance that claims to boost them to the next level. The FDA really needs to start evaluating these “legal” substances. Parents and adults need to start becoming educated on what is out there and available to children and teens at such young impressionable ages. I think we need to start looking into educating our youth on the harmful effects that substances can have on the body even if they are considered legal. Just because a substance is legal clearly doesn’t mean that it is okay to consume.

  38. Justin B says:

    An energy drink here and there isnt bad. Sometimes, we need that little extra boost, but it is not something you should consume everyday. i had no idea you could even buy pure caffeine. why can you just get it? why dont you have to have an id when you buy it? for something you can overdose on, how did he get ahold of it so easy to take it? i wrestled for six years, and i can personally say that there are far more effective and healthier ways to cut weight.

  39. chester m says:

    I think drinking energy drinks and in taking a lot of caffeine is not good for kids and adults. I see a lot of military folks drink energy drinks all day and smoke and I believe that is not healthy. We need to monitor kids a lot more who play these sports. I know when I was in high school my teammate took all kind of supplements to get stronger and faster and it was not good for our young age. I know I drink energy drinks and take certain supplements but I do know that I have t monitor my intake due to heath reason.

  40. savianna says:

    This is really sad new. I actually didn’t know anything about caffeine powder until I just read about it. The crazy thing is, I know this caffeine powder isn’t the only thing out there that is beyond dangerous and is being accessed easily in stores at low prices. Not only that, the FDA either approve it to be available knowingly aware of possible outcomes or they find ways to make it seem like the product is just fine and dandy for use. Everyone knows that caffeine use and sports really isn’t the best. Caffeine alone gets your body pumping and brings your heart rate up and to do that while your playing a sport that already has them same effects can be damaging because the body is then put on overload. When i was in high school I had a team mate who drunk a read bull before a game. (soccer) and all of a sudden she was in the middle of the field shaking, being real anxious, and have pains in the chest area because her heart was beating extremely fast. We ended up having to take her out of the game to prevent further damage. i can understand an energy drink or too to stay up to complete a task for school or work but to use it in pure form in a sport that naturally has your attention is something the FDA should be more concerned about especially after this child’s death. The FDA never seems to be responsible when need to be. They can just come out with a warning the next day and everything just becomes fine. Since when is that ok?

  41. gljackson33 says:

    I think more parents should be involve in their kids diet. There should be a legal age limit to by these so called energy drink. If your not eighteen or older, the clerk should not sell this drink to teenagers. As for me, I think they have enough energy already, so therefore the drink does give them energy, it sends them into overdrive.

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