An Ohio teen died in May from taking pure powdered caffeine. The FDA has issued a warning about the deadly dangers of the seemingly harmless supplement. Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Teaspoon of Caffeine Powder = 25 Cups of Coffee
Caffeine powder is 100% caffeine, so people underestimate how strong it is. Even a small teaspoon is enough to give you a toxic level of caffeine.
2. The FDA Warns Against Powdered Caffeine
Because of the potential for accidental overdose, the FDA suggests that consumers avoid buying and using caffeine powder. Because it is classified as a supplement, it isn’t regulated by the government.
3. Teens Use Pure Caffeine for Weight, Energy, and Partying
According to some emergency room doctors, teens and young adults are attracted to using powdered caffeine for an energy boost, as a partying stimulant, or as a way to lose weight.
4. Snorting Powdered Caffeine Is a New Trend
Teens and young adults are now snorting powdered caffeine like cocaine, according to various news reports. There are even youtube videos explaining and showing how to snort the caffeine through rolled bills. Youngsters are apparently using caffeine powder in the hopes of getting drunk faster and staying drunk longer.
5. Symptoms of Caffeine Overdose
According to the FDA, symptoms of caffeine overdose include:
- Rapid or erratic heartbeat
- Stupor or Disorientation
Get medical advice immediately if you think you are experiencing a caffeine overdose.