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How caffeine can become deadly

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(WJBK) -  In Ohio, an 18-year-old dies just before graduating. An autopsy has just revealed he died from a caffeine overdose.

Caffeine is considered the most popular and widely used drug in the world, but sometimes this stimulant can be dangerous.
Just elected prom king, 18-year-old Logan Stiner was on top of the world. He was considered a great athlete and student. In May, his brother found him dead. A caffeine overdose had triggered an irregular heartbeat and seizure.

"The dose is the poison. A lot of us drink a couple cups of coffee a day and there's no alarm about that, but caffeine is a stimulate - it's a brain stimulant and it's a heart stimulant," says cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn.  

Apparently, the young man was taking pure powered caffeine as part of a pre-workout supplement, but the powered form is so much more potent than anything you'd find in a drink.

Logan had toxic levels of caffeine in his blood.
"These powders are 50, 100 times more than what you could ever do by drinking, and everything has a point where it can kill you - even caffeine," says Kahn.

Caffeine is found naturally in plants like coffee or tea and it's added to sodas or energy drinks. One teaspoon of the pure powder is the equivalent of about 50 cups of coffee.
Logan's mom says the wrestler was healthy without any heart problems, and had no idea caffeine could kill him.

"If you're taking a large amount you may have something sudden, like a seizure or a heart rhythm, and there may not be time to call 911, very sadly," says Kahn.

Caffeine overdoses leading to death are not common but this caffeine powder is becoming increasingly popular.

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