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This Form of Caffeine Can Prove Deadly

A post in The NY Times’s Well blog reports multiple cases where caffeine consumed in powder form has resulted in overdose and subsequent death. Caffeine powder is considered a dietary supplement and is unregulated, easily attainable, and sometimes contains no warning labels. Just one teaspoon of the powder equals approximately 16 to 25 cups of coffee and a mere tablespoon is lethal. Depending how it is packaged, caffeine can be consumed in various ways: as a dietary supplement (in powder or pill form), food (sodas and energy drinks) or as medication (NoDoz, Excedrin). While the government does not regulate the sale of caffeine, it is important for healthcare professionals to make sure their patients are aware of its effects and consume caffeine in safe proportions.

Read the post in The NY Times’s Well Blog.