A South Carolina teenager died within two hours of consuming a coffee, a caffeinated and an energy soda, triggering warnings about the risks of caffeine overdose.
The Richland County coroner’s office in the southern US state wrote in a statement, “Davis Allen Cripe died on April 26 from a “caffeine- induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia.”
It is reported that Davis had taken this deadly combination two hours before he collapsed.Davis drank a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts noted yesterday (May 16th) that such occurrences are “highly unusual.”
Adding that Cripe had collapsed just 15 minutes after taking the energy drink, Watts told, “It was mainly due to the time period that he ingested a rapid amount of caffeine that affected his heart.”
According to the US Food and Drug administration, adults should consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day, which is equivalent to four or five cups of coffee.
Jill Michels of the Palmetto Poison Center said in a statement,
“While adults should be mindful of their caffeine consumption, it’s important for parents to know the risks of children and adolescents consuming caffeine. Take the time to talk with your children about the dangers of caffeinated drinks.”
The boy’s father said at a news conference on Monday, his son was very careful about drugs and alcohol.
He said, “It wasn’t a car crash that took his life, instead, it was an energy drink.”
Energy drinks are very popular with young people, although it accounts for just a small segment of the non-alcoholic beverages industry.
The drinks with high caffeine content can cause arrhythmia and raise blood pressure in young people, according to the health experts.