These 2 Young Men Died From A Substance Most People Consume Every Day - This Is Terrifying!
Andrew Axelrod 6/21/2016
Many of us can't start the day without our morning coffee, but that first sip could be our last.
The Planet Runs On Coffee
Caffeine is the world's most popular psychoactive substance. 130,000 tons of it is consumed every year, that's equal to a cup of coffee for every single person on the planet, every day.
The Danger In Our Cups
While being the planet's favorite drug, caffeine is not without its dangers. Two people have died as a result of taking powdered caffeine.
Logan Stiner passed away in 2014 after suffering cardiac dysrhythmia and a seizure. Logan had taken powdered caffeine to energize himself while he studied for high school finals.
Wade Sweatt also died as a result of powdered caffeine. Wade disliked the taste of coffee and was looking for an alternative to sugary drinks.
It's About Concentration
There's no reason to panic and start throwing out all our dark roasts and soda. The average consumption of caffeine is no threat to a healthy adult. The real danger is in the social acceptance of caffeine. It's so readily available, it's easy to underestimate the power of its concentrated form. Concentrated caffeine comes in liquid or powdered forms and is often 100 percent pure. According to the Food and Drug Administration, one teaspoon of concentrated caffeine is the same as drinking 28 cups of coffee.
No Legislation Yet
After the two deaths, The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a statement.
After only a quick Google search, we were able to order a small bottle of liquid caffeine from South Korea that contains an astonishing 9,000 milligrams of caffeine - enough to kill nearly seven people - and yet the label says only to use it 'sparingly.'
A group of senators also wrote to the FDA.
These products do not provide a way to measure a safe dosage per FDA recommendations, and are sold in quantities that could easily kill hundreds of individuals if ingested incorrectly.
It's unclear if the FDA will move against this legal drug or not.
Stick With Your Java
While it might be appealing to mix a little powder or liquid into a drink and have a ton of energy, it's easy to misjudge the power of caffeine in its concentrated form. It's a lot safer to stick to your morning cup of joe.