Caffeine to blame for teenager's death, coroner says

17 May, 2017, 22:08 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Davis Cripe

Cripe had consumed three caffeine-laced drinks - a cafe latte, large diet soft drink and an energy drink - in a two- hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School in SC on April 26, Watts said.

"Davis was a great kid, and being his parent was a great honor to Heidi [his mother] and me, ' Sean Cripe said, according to WLTX".

"Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up". "We worry about their safety and health - especially once they start driving".

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

Also in 2015, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported 1,661 single exposures to caffeine-containing energy drinks, with five major complications but no deaths.

"These drinks can be very risky", Watts said. Instead, it was an energy drink. He died about an hour after collapsing in a high school near Columbia, South Carolina.

An autopsy was performed and there was nothing to indicate any type of undiagnosed heart condition, according to Watts.

The teen had no history of medical problems, Watts said.

"This was not an overdose".

However, like many people, Cripe wasn't aware of the risks of ingesting a high amount of caffeine, Watts said.

"I stand before you both as a broken-hearted father and hope that something good can come from this", said Sean Cripe, Davis Cripe's father. "Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks", he stated.

The American Beverage Association, which represents the makers of nearly all energy drinks sold in America, referred CBS News to this fact sheet on caffeine.

The guidelines from the AAP also said that the side-effects of these drinks include irregular heartbeats and changes in blood pressure. "These findings suggest that many initially seek out energy drinks as a tool to keep up with the demands of caring for young children".

A 2014 study found an estimated 73 percent of children across the U.S. consume some kind of caffeine each day.

Generally, once consumed, the drug is "rapidly absorbed into the blood and easily passes the blood-brain barrier to function as a mild stimulant of the central nervous system", according to a report on caffeine-related deaths in the Journal of Toxicology. "It was so much caffeine at the time of his death, that it caused his arrhythmia".


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