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Man died after overdosing
on caffeine mints

Independent [U.K.], by Paul Cheston & Lewis Smith

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Posted By:JoElla Bee, 10/12/2013 5:51:42 PM

A man died from an enormous caffeine overdose after snacking on high-energy mints - each of which is as powerful as a can of Red Bull. John Jackson, 40, ate Hero Instant Energy Mints, unaware they could kill him. Each mint contains 80mg of caffeine, equivalent to a can of Red Bull, but are sold alongside normal mints. Coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of accidental death but said he intends to write to the Department of Health highlighting the dangers of energy sweets. He said at the hearing: “It seems to me to be something the authorities need to know

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He unknowingly ate too many Hero energy sweets. This may be something parents need to be aware of to warn their teens and younger children.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 10/12/2013 6:06:17 PM     (No. 9562618)

At least no one denied him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation with that fresh, minty breath.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: keekng, 10/12/2013 6:16:54 PM     (No. 9562625)

Everything worth eating is worthy of gubmint control. s/

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/12/2013 6:42:21 PM     (No. 9562644)

Guess it´s safe to say he didn´t die in his sleep.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: artsy, 10/12/2013 7:22:10 PM     (No. 9562683)

Natural Selection!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 10/12/2013 7:45:33 PM     (No. 9562699)

The pathologist is claiming that a mere 155mg of caffeine killed this guy.

That´s two cups of coffee.
He was in very poor health.

I´ve taken as much as 300mg of caffeine in pill form at one time.
Still breathing, last time anyone checked.

(I never drink coffee; it does not agree with my digestion. Sodas are sugary and
way too expensive, and Red Bull is ridiculously overpriced.)

I think caffeine content should be more prominently displayed on all foods,
including our most common popular sodas, than it currently is.
You have to look for it to locate the contents in milligrams.

Otherwise, what´s the problem?

Those who are very sick already should be more careful, obviously.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LanieLou, 10/12/2013 7:51:41 PM     (No. 9562706)

Get ready for the next product to be banned... anything with caffeine. Sure, he was an alcoholic with fatal liver cirrhosis... and other drugs in his system... but it was the caffeine!!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mossley, 10/12/2013 8:12:25 PM     (No. 9562725)

Don´t confuse the 155mg in his system with the amount he consumed. That was how much was left after the body processed it. With a faulty liver, it´s hard to know how many of those mints he had eaten.

Caffeine can affect a number of body systems. In a normal person, it´s not usually a concern, but it can be a problem to those with preexisting conditions.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kOok, 10/12/2013 8:29:44 PM     (No. 9562736)

Well, Red Bull advertises that they can ´give you wings´. I guess a quick ticket to Heaven will do the same no matter where you get the caffeine...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 10/12/2013 8:48:29 PM     (No. 9562747)

I think, too, that caffeine affects different people differently just as is true of some medicines, alcohol, etc..
My husband can drink several cups of strong coffee without side effects. Too much caffeine makes me jittery, and, while it keeps me wide awake, he has no trouble sleeping after drinking it.

Little children shouldn´t have easy access to these types of "candies" - couldn´t be good for them even if it didn´t kill them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Duckboy, 10/12/2013 8:49:03 PM     (No. 9562748)

He died from 155mg of caffeine? What did he weigh? 20 lbs???

I got up at 3 am today.

Just today, I drank 2 20-oz Mountain Dews (90mg each), and at least 5 cups of coffee, (a conservative 45mg each)

That´s 405 mg of caffeine total. My butt is dragging and I ready to go to bed! (It´s 8 PM here now). I´m still alive,,,,, at least I think I am.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Duckboy, 10/12/2013 8:51:27 PM     (No. 9562750)

Ok read the FULL article, lots of additional extenuating circumstances.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Shells, 10/12/2013 10:09:41 PM     (No. 9562799)

I can´t tolerate caffeine because it makes me really, really tired. Seriously. So that´s pretty much all I know about it.

Reading the lede, I thought, wow, this guy´s heart must have exploded!

Then I read all your comments about the amount of caffeine he actually consumed.

I´ve concluded he probably got hit by a bus.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/12/2013 10:22:37 PM     (No. 9562808)

Maybe he had other sources of caffeine that day along with the mints. When he became nervous and jerky, he should have stopped.

Everyday you get up and make choices. However, there is a problem here because children can buy sources of caffeine almost everywhere, including dollar stores.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: treecat, 10/12/2013 10:41:06 PM     (No. 9562824)

No clue after paying 7 to 8 pounds for ´em?



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Reply 15 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 10/13/2013 12:25:57 AM     (No. 9562878)

WARNING: Relying on the government to slap warning labels of every bad idea you invent may result in reduced freedom, independence and personal responsbility.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pensom2, 10/13/2013 12:42:44 AM     (No. 9562883)

Darwin award nominee.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/13/2013 1:50:42 AM     (No. 9562914)

OP, thank you for posting. I was not aware that there is such a product as caffeine mints.

You are correct that we should caution teenagers and see that children don´t get these candies. Caffeine-laden products are a real danger to the young.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/13/2013 2:44:28 AM     (No. 9562929)

Another crisis the left won´t let go to waste.Never mind that people drink billions of gallons of coffee all the time.I guess it´s been about 6-7years ago they targeted ephedra for elimination because a few overweight people got jacked up and had heart attacks.Even though incidents are miniscule compared to the overall population,the health nazis can´t let a good thing pass.

If they ban energy drinks and pills, I guess that means the end of headache pills that are loaded with caffiene.

I wouldn´t even call a caffiene buzz, energy. What caffiene does is artifically stimulate the adreanal gland´s fight or flight response in a low grade manner.

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