Poison Control issues warning after teen died from too much caffeine

A SC teenager's death linked to a caffeine overdose has sparked a discussion among parents and physicians, how much is too much? That works out to roughly three, eight-ounce cups of coffee.

Reider said many energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar, contain high levels of caffeine, as do Mountain Dew in the US and lattes, which are made from coffee. And doctors say kids and teens should never consume energy drinks because of the health risks of the caffeine and other stimulants in them.

The coroner says the teen drank an excessive amount of caffeine.

"Instead, it was an energy drink", Sean Cripe said at the news conference.

While energy drinks account for just a small segment of the non-alcoholic beverages industry, they are very popular with young people. Agus says energy drinks send more than 20,000 people to the emergency room annually.

If you've had too much, you'll start having palpitations, experience nervousness and anxiety, and you may feel dizzy due to elevated blood pressure.

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According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a venti Starbucks Blonde Roast contains 475 mg of caffeine, while a 2 oz. No other drugs or substances were found in his system. But it was something legal that led to his death- caffeine.

A classmate who was with Davis the day he died, said he loaded up on caffeine - and "basically chugged" an energy drink during class. The Health Canada website states that the average adult may safely consume 400 mg of caffeine a day at a moderate rate.

Davis' is not the first documented case of death from excess caffeine intake.

The American Beverage Association, which represents the makers of nearly all energy drinks sold in America, referred CBS News to this fact sheet on caffeine.

Reider said the CPS committee he chairs is planning a teleconference next week on the issue, which could result in a future position statement or practice point for pediatricians as to what advice they should give adolescent patients about consuming energy drinks. "Adults don't need probably as much as we drink as well, but it's just something to be aware of", said Smith.

"Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up". "I think you should use them with caution, if at all".

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