More kids are consuming caffeine than ever before. Now this story about a teen killed through caffeine overdose becomes a startling reality. You can get caffeine powder to add to your “power drinks”. But why would you? Might this story be a lesson for all the others slurping sugary, caramel coffees as well?
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) –
Caffeine is such an ordinary part of many people's days that most don't consider it dangerous.
But ever since an Ohio teen died of a caffeine overdose, the stimulant has been in the spotlight.
Tama Sawyer, a clinical toxicologist who heads the University of Kansas Hospital's Poison Control Center, said the form of caffeine that killed that teen is easy enough to come by.
“You can buy this on Amazon for $12.95,” Sawyer said.