Dead teen's parents say caffeine powder is dangerous product

Dead teen's parents say caffeine powder is dangerous product

In May of this year, an 18-year-old Ohio man died from ingesting pure powdered caffeine. A Georgia man's death was also lined to the substance this year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently going after the companies that sell the pure caffeine. The powder can be very lethal -- even at a dose of one teaspoon. That quantity is the same as drinking 25 cups of coffee. Because people assume it will provide a potent energy boost, many young adults and teens are drawn to it. The symptoms of an overdose of the powder include erratic or rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and disorientation.

The deputy commission of foods with the FDA told The Associated Press that marketing such a product is "inherently irresponsible." The FDA is building a case and considering all legal options against the companies that do not cease selling the product.

The parents of the Ohio teenager who died lobbied this month in Washington, D.C. in the hope of gaining more regulatory oversight. They met with lawmakers and told them that before their son's death earlier this year, they hadn't even heard of the product. "Now," they said, "we think about it every day."

Dangerous products can come out of seemingly innocuous substances, including caffeine. When companies continue to market a product that can lead to wrongful death, it's important that they be held accountable.

While there are federal agencies that can hold companies responsible for injuries and death from dangerous products, a civil suit filed by the victims or their families can hold them responsible financially. Los Angeles residents who have experienced similar harm can speak with an experienced product liability attorney for more information.

Source: Fox News, " FDA targets sellers of pure caffeine powder after teen's death" Dec. 23, 2014

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