jbt caffeinepowder passesSPRINGFIELD— Last year, 18-year-old Logan Stiner of Ohio died from a caffeine powder overdose.

According to local reports, Stiner was found by his brother, collapsed on the floor of his home. The same day his brother found him, his mother discovered several bags of caffeine powder in their house. Sadly, Stiner, a popular student-athlete, was one week away from graduating from high school.

The County Coroner’s report said that Stiner suffered cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure as a result of ingesting toxic amounts of caffeine. One teaspoon of the powder is equal to drinking approximately 25 cups of coffee.

Powdered caffeine is nearly 100 percent pure caffeine and difficult to measure with common kitchen tools.

In order to prevent a tragedy like Stiner’s from occurring in Illinois, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) sponsored legislation this year that would make it illegal for toxic caffeine powder to be sold to anyone under age 18.

Yesterday, Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal, Senate Bill 9, was signed into law.

“My legislation is more about consumer and public education than it is about regulation,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to be proactive in Illinois to prevent minors from being able to use a substance that, by simple mistake, could be deadly.”

Senate Bill 9 takes effect January 1 of next year.

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