The Unknown Dangers Of Pure Caffeine
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager

Logan Stiner, 18, of LaGrange, Ohio died in May 2014 from a lethal dose of pure caffeine just days before his high school graduation. These pure caffeine products, sold in pure, powdered form, are essentially 100 percent caffeine and classified as unregulated dietary supplements.

Pure caffeine powder can be purchased online in bulk quantities. Following the death of Logan last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the substance, stating that 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 legislature is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Ohioans, which is why I readily co-sponsored Senate Bill 7 last month when it passed the Ohio Senate. This bill, sponsored by my colleague Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) prohibits the sale of pure caffeine products. 

This legislation not only raises awareness for parents and consumers about the unknown dangers of pure caffeine but it also helps to prevent another tragic death from happening.

Senate Bill 7 seeks to ensure that this dangerous substance does not fall into the wrong hands, while maintaining the integrity of licensed food and drink manufacturers. The ban would prohibit the sale of pure caffeine powder in Ohio, and penalize those who purchase the product. Senate Bill 7 passed out of the Ohio Senate and is awaiting action in the House of Representatives.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-6026, by e-mail at, or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

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