Just a few weeks of vacation are left before students return in full force to Pittsburgh schools. Some students will use legal stimulants to cope with athletic, social and academic pressures – coffee, tea, pop and energy drinks. Products containing caffeine may be inadvisable but they aren't illegal, including a powdered version linked to the death of a high school athlete in a neighboring state.
You probably haven't seen powdered caffeine on store shelves. That's because consumers buy it online. Many buyers don't realize a small miscalculation in dosage makes pure caffeine deadly.