Teen’s death puts fo­cus on caf­feine pow­der dan­gers

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A few weeks be­fore their prom king’s death, stu­dents at an Ohio high school had at­tended an as­sem­bly on nar­cotics that warned about the dan­gers of heroin and pre­scrip­tion painkillers.

But it was one of the world’s most widely ac­cepted drugs that killed Lo­gan Stiner — a pow­dered form of caf­feine so po­tent that as lit­tle as a sin­gle tea­spoon can be fa­tal.

The teen’s sud­den death in May has fo­cused at­ten­tion on the un­reg­u­lated pow­der and drawn a warn­ing from federal health au­thor­i­ties urg­ing con­sumers to avoid it.

“I don’t think any of us re­ally knew that this stuff was out there,” said Jay Ar­baugh, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Key­stone Lo­cal Schools.

The federal Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Fri­day that it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing caf­feine pow­der and will con­sider tak­ing reg­u­la­tory ac­tion. The agency cau­tioned par­ents that young people could be drawn to it.

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