JBT caffeine020315SPRINGFIELD — In response to the death of an Ohio high school student who overdosed on caffeine powder, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D- Shorewood) has filed legislation to make the substance illegal for minors in Illinois.

In a story in The State Journal-Register, medical professionals are in agreement that consuming large amounts of caffeine is dangerous and they advise steering clear of the product. One teaspoon of caffeine powder can have the same dose as 25 cups of coffee. Symptoms of caffeine overdose include vomiting, uncontrollable muscle movements, irregular or fast heartbeat and trouble breathing.

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