Teen died from too much caffeine

A coroner's inquiry has ruled that 16 year old Chaplin, South Carolina teen, Davis Allen Cripe dying as a result of overdosing on caffeine.

In addition to being healthy, Davis was known among friends and classmates for advocating against using drugs and alcohol, Watts said.

"We lost Davis from a totally legal substance", said Watts, adding that the boy was a model student and was not addicted to caffeine, but rather he had some kind of heart condition. He said Cripe had no family history that would have compounded the effects of caffeine and said the boy was otherwise healthy when he died.

He said the primary witness to what Cripe drank could not definitely say what brand of energy drink he had but said it was from a container the size of a large soft drink.

Watts said the boy was doing something he thought was totally harmless, but an excessive amount of caffeine can be extremely risky.

Watts, who is not a medical doctor, did not give details on how he came to the conclusion that the drinks killed Cripe.

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"It wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life".

For example, while plain coffee is rich in antioxidants which reduce the harmful effects of caffeine, creative coffee concoctions like a café latte or energy drinks, which have artificial sweeteners, elevated sugar content and other stimulants can pose health threats. Parents: please talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks.

'And teenagers and students, please stop buying them.

Part of the danger in what happened to Davis, Watts said, is that caffeine and energy drinks affect people differently. "It's the amount and also the time frame in which these caffeinated beverages are consumed that can put you at risk, for anybody really, for your heart to start beating very, very rapidly and that could cause a sudden arrhythmia and in rare cases such as this can cause death".

According to the FDA, caffeine in doses up to 400 milligrams (about five cups of coffee) is generally safe.

"These drinks can be very risky", Watts said.

  • Alfonso Moody