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FDA warns about powdered caffeine

Rochester, N.Y. Caffeine, a key ingredient in many foods and drinks, including coffee and energy drinks, is a legal additive.

Experts say it is now available in a pure powder form that is stronger than dozens of cups of coffee.

Ohio high school student and wrestler Logan Stiner died after ingesting more than 23 times the amount of caffeine in an energy drink.

Powdered caffeine is available for purchase, but the problem lies in being able to measure out safe amounts.

The FDA has issued a warning to parents and is now considering regulating the drug.

It was never intended to have 100 percent pure pharmaceutical grade caffeine, like you would order from a chemical supply shop or get from a pharmacy. So what theyre talking about is something that should be very different than something that falls under the supplement act, said Tim Wiegand, Toxicology Director at University of Rochester Medicine.

In 2014, there have been 33 visits to the emergency rooms in Rochester and Syracuse related to caffeine overdoses, mostly from energy drinks, a number that is up from the same period last year. 

 
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