Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for nationwide ban on pure caffeine

The Columbus Dispatch

Dennis and Kate Stiner were appalled at how easy it was to access the pure caffeine that killed their 18-year-old son, Logan, last year

It’s on shelves in health and vitamin stores, available online for about $20, and comes with little to no warning label. All they could think was that their son’s death could have been easily prevented, and how thousands of Ohio’s young adults are at risk when finding a quick energy boost. 

“All you had to do was Google it and you could find it from a thousand different places,” Kate, Logan’s mother and a Lorain County resident, said. “We’d like to see the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) do their job and regulate it so it’s not accessible to everyone.” 

In June, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that made the sale of powdered caffeine illegal statewide. 

Sherrod Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio, called for that ban to be taken a step further today at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He stood with the Stiner family and medical professionals while urging the FDA to ban the sale and marketing of pure powdered caffeine. 

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