Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

A Teenager Died After Drinking Too Much Caffeine

A Teenager Died After Drinking Too Much Caffeine

Watts said that the teen drank three caffeinated drinks which include a large Diet Mountain Dew, an energy drink, and a cafe latte, within a period of two hours before he collapsed in his Spring Hill High School classroom on April 26.

After a SC high school student died of heart problems related to drinking too much caffeine, the Palmetto Poison Center released a warning about how much is too much of the stimulant.

"The goal here today is not to slam Mountain Dew or to slam cafe lattes or energy drinks", said Gary Watts, Richland County Coroner.

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends that adults consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day, which is equivalent to four or five cups of coffee.

The teen's father, Sean Cripe, said, "Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up". "Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks, and teenagers and students, please stop buying them". He was known among friends for advocating against drug and alcohol use, USA Today said.

Cripe's father, Sean Cripe, added, "It wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life".

Watts noted that caffeine affects everyone differently.

Davis reportedly bought the latte at McDonald's around 12:30 pm and then drank the Diet Mountain Dew and the energy drink after that.

Health experts have expressed concern about the drinks' high caffeine content, which can cause arrhythmia and raise blood pressure in young people.

Watts told BuzzFeed News that according to eyewitnesses the biggest issue was that Davis "slammed or chugged the regular-sized energy drink 15 minutes before he passed out".

"These drinks can be very unsafe", Watts said, according to NBC.

Cripe's official cause of death was ruled to be arrhythmia caused by the consumption of caffeine in the hours immediately prior to his collapse and death.

A 2014 study showed that an estimated 73% of children consume some kind of caffeine each day.

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