State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced Senate passage of legislation to prohibit the sale of pure caffeine powder in the state of Ohio. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

“Logan’s tragic death demands that we act to prevent future accidental deaths due to this unregulated and highly toxic substance," said Manning. "This legislation seeks to ensure pure caffeine powder does not fall into the wrong hands.”

Senator Manning introduced the legislation following the death of Logan Stiner, 18, of LaGrange, Ohio who died in May 2014 from a lethal dose of caffeine just days before his high school graduation.   

Following Logan’s death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about powdered pure caffeine. These products, sold in pure, powdered form, are essentially 100 percent caffeine and classified as unregulated dietary supplements. According to the FDA, a single teaspoon of pure caffeine powder has roughly the same amount of caffeine as 25 cups of coffee. One-sixteenth of a teaspoon, which is the recommended serving, is equivalent to six 12 oz. caffeinated colas.

The legislation preserves the current business functions of food and drink manufacturers licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and laboratories licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy as Category III terminal distributors of dangerous drugs.

Senate Bill 7 was amended during the House committee process to include powdered alcohol. The House amendment prohibits the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, also known as Palcohol. This product can be easily concealed and can be added to any beverage to make an alcoholic drink.

The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now goes to the governor for his signature.

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