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Rep. Kyle Koehler Supports Bill Prohibiting the Sale of Pure Caffeine

Legislation also bans powdered alcohol in Ohio
May 27, 2015
J. Kyle Koehler News

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 7, legislation that prohibits the sale of pure caffeine in the state of Ohio.

Senate Bill 7, sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), stems from an incident in LaGrange, Ohio when 18-year-old Logan Stiner tragically died from a lethal dose of pure caffeine. Soon after, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the product, which is sold in a pure, powdered form.  A teaspoon of pure caffeine, according to the FDA, is equivalent to approximately the amount of caffeine in 25 cups of coffee.

“When you start to realize that a single cup of coffee contains about 95mg of caffeine and a teaspoon of powdered caffeine is close to 2400mgs, you begin to understand the damage that this can do to a person,” Koehler said. “Our bodies are not able to handle these levels of caffeine and, in my opinion, there is no valid reason a person needs to be able to purchase pure caffeine in Ohio. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill.”

House Bill 14, which passed the House earlier this year, was also inserted into the bill this week during the committee process. The provision prohibits the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, also known as Palcohol.  This product can be easily concealed and can be added to any beverage to make an alcoholic drink.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of Palcohol in the United States in March of this year. However, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 36 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, have all introduced legislation that addresses powdered alcohol in some way.

Senate Bill 7 passed with broad bipartisan support.