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18 year old Logan Stiner is dead because of too much caffeine powder

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The caffeine powder in one teaspoon is equivalent to around 30 cups of coffee..


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“IF you want proof that hard work pays off,” school student Logan Stiner tweeted as he stood on top of the dias at a sporting event.

But just weeks later, Stiner, 18, described as “a top student, a top athlete, and a great kid”, died from taking too much caffeine, ABC 10 News reported.

The pupil from Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, was found unresponsive by his brother at his family’s home in Elyria after heading home for lunch from school in May. The promising wrestler was pronounced dead at the scene just a week before his graduation.

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Bought caffeine powder online … Logan Stiner, 18, died from the amount being toxic to his body. Picture: YouTube Source: Supplied


Stiner did not take drugs and only drank the occasional cup of coffee.

His mother Katie Stiner found bags of caffeine powder in the house, Chronicle Online reported.

She said she did not know he took caffeine powder but he had once mentioned taking some kind of substance as a “pre-workout,” she said.

Lorain County Coroner Steven Evans said when Stiner died, he had a toxic level of caffeine in his blood after ingesting caffeine powder. The overdose caused cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure.

Evans said he had heard of only 18 other deaths from caffeine overdoses in the US but warned that caffeine powder was becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and can be bought online.

“I think it’s dangerous. I didn’t realise it was sold in bulk over the internet,” Evans said.

Stiner was found with more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per millilitre of blood in his system. Evans said the normal amount of caffeine in an energy drink is three to 15 micrograms and 50 micrograms is considered a lethal dose.

Logan Stiner Video Tribute

“He was a young, healthy guy. People don’t realise (caffeine) could potentially kill you,” Evans said.

“Since it’s a powder, he probably doesn’t know how much he was taking.”

It can be purchased online and is mixed into water or soda, said Evans. About 1/16 of a teaspoon of the powder is equal to one can of Mountain Dew or any high-powered caffeine drink.

“He had no clue what he was doing,” Logan’s mother said.

Logan was well-liked at school by his teachers and peers. Videos have been made as a tribute and a benefit was held on Sunday (AEDT) to help pay the costs of his funeral.

Logan Stiner Video Tribute 2

Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, September 5th, 2013

One in three teenagers may be consuming the equivalent of 10 instant coffees a day in energy drinks that can cause insomnia, anxiety and heart problems, a leading sleep expert says.


A survey of 110 patients conducted by Chris Seaton, a paediatric sleep specialist from the Westmead Children’s Hospital, found 35 per cent of teenagers consume at least two energy drinks a day.

A daily dose of caffeine should not exceed 200 to 300 milligrams, yet a 500 millilitre serving of Mother, Monster or Red Bull contains 160 milligrams of caffeine, and some teens drink three a day. ”They are getting into it before school,” Dr Seaton said. Health professionals are calling for tighter regulations on the availability of energy drinks which, with sales of $593 million a year, make up the fastest growing beverage sector.

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”Teenagers are limited in getting alcohol and tobacco, but there is no limitation on energy drinks. It’s a real free-for-all,” Dr Seaton said. ”Caffeine in high doses is a toxic substance and there has been a couple of reported teenage deaths related to an overdose.”

The high sugar content in energy drinks is just as concerning, says Jane Martin, who leads the Obesity Policy Coalition. One 500-millilitre Red Bull contains the equivalent of 13 teaspoons of sugar.

The health concerns follows a discussion paper presented to the federal government that showed energy drink consumption in Australia and New Zealand has more than quadrupled from 34.5 million litres in 2001 to 155.6 million litres in 2010.

The dangers of excessive caffeine is a ”forgotten thing”, Dr Seaton said.

An Australian study released last year also found a sharp rise in the number of people who reported heart problems, tremors and chest pains after drinking the beverages, particularly teenagers.

Close to 300 calls were made to NSW’s poisons centre regarding adverse reactions to energy drinks between January 2004 and the end of 2010, with more than a third of people attending hospital, the report said.


But the peak body for non-alcoholic beverages, the Australian Beverage Council, argued energy drinks were one of the ”most regulated” in the world, including health warning labels.

”The industry acknowledges energy drinks are a topical issue, but when viewed in the context of the total diet they represent a very small part – unlike other products like coffee,” chief executive Geoff Parker said.

Correction: The original version of this story said one 250-millilitre Red Bull contains the equivalent of 13 teaspoons of sugar. It should have referred to one 500-millilitre Red Bull


Henry Sapiecha

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