Consuming caffeinated drinks too quickly killed SC teen

Consuming caffeinated drinks too quickly killed SC teen

Consuming caffeinated drinks too quickly killed SC teen

"Based on his weight, the intake of caffeine that he had exceeded what is considered a safe level", Watts told NBC News. He died about an hour after collapsing in a high school near Columbia, South Carolina.

"The goal here today is not to slam Mountain Dew, not to slam cafe lattes, or energy drinks". Then he collapsed in a classroom and died.

Davis collapsed just before 2:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m., according to officials.

According to the report from Miami Herald, Davis Allen Cripe died due to a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia".

Dr. Esam Baryun, a cardiac electrophysiologist at St. Mary's Medical Center, tells WSAZ some pre-existing conditions don't show up on autopsies.

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Now, a SC coroner is saying that Davis' caffeine consumption led to his death. "Davis, like so many other kids and so many other people out there today, was doing something [he] thought was totally harmless, and that was ingesting lots of caffeine", said Watts. "We lost Davis from a totally legal substance", Watts said, adding "Our goal here today is to let people know, especially our young kids in school, that these drinks can be unsafe, and be very careful with how you use them".

Cripe's father, Sean Cripe, asked fellow parents to teach their kids about the dangers of consuming such highly caffeinated beverages.

Cripe's father Sean urged parents to talk with their children about the dangers of energy drinks and caffeine, USA Today said.

While the caffeine consumed did not represent an overdose, the way it was ingested "over that short period of time" has been labelled a significant factor. Further tests were needed to reach the conclusion announced Monday. Garry Watts said, "You can have five people line up right here and all of them do the exact same thing that happened with him that day - drink more - and it may not have any kind of effect on them at all".

While energy drinks account for just a small segment of the non-alcoholic beverages industry, they are very popular with young people.

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