The addiction to powdered mind altering substances is on the rise. Not only is there powdered caffeine available for purchase online and over the counter, but there is the invention of powdered alcohol to worry about. The easy accessibility of these substances via online purchase only increases the potential danger that these powdered substances may present. This underground market of illegal substances provides their products to people of all ages without any kind of prescription. The combination of ease of access and the health dangers attached to powdered caffeine and alcohol present a growing concern for the health of many individuals. This is especially true as powdered alcohol is still in its early stages and its more serious effects have yet to surface making it harder to gauge just how dangerous it can be.
Palcohol is owned by a privately held company called Lipsmart and is a powder base that can be mixed with water to create any type of alcoholic beverage, from a margarita to a gin and tonic. The product hasn’t come out on the market yet, but it would be in direct competition with the liquor industry and would present many health hazards and dangers to consumers as well. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nine states have already banned powdered alcohol.
Palcohol’s concentrated formula would provide an easily transportable product that could be used in a variety of ways, including sprinkling on food and snorting or smoking. According to Mark Phillips, the creator of Palcohol, the product is just as safe and has the same alcohol content as standard alcohol, but its unusual concentration raises concern of accidental overdose and other health hazards.
Non FDA approved powdered caffeine is already a substance being sold on the black-market; one could find a package of “Pure Powder” online for $12. Powdered caffeine is used in a variety of ways; it can be sprinkled on food and in beverages. Studies show that a full teaspoon of powdered caffeine is the equivalent to 30 cups of coffee. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, powdered caffeine absorbs rapidly into the bloodstream and can cause health conditions such as increased heart rate, uneven heart rhythm, headaches, dizziness, nausea, dehydration, anxiety/depression, difficulty sleeping, tremors and seizures.
A high school senior named Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died of a caffeine powder overdose in May 2014. According to the coroner’s report, Stiner suffered cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure. He was found to have more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system.
Today accessing illegal drugs online is easier than ever before. This means that creating awareness of the dangers of powdered caffeine and powdered alcohol being sold on the black-market is extremely imperative. Keep in mind that substances sold online that aren’t FDA approved also have the capacity to have various other pure chemicals in them.
With powdered substances being so easily accessible but also very dangerous it is also helpful to be able to recognize signs of overdose. Signs of a caffeine overdose or toxicity can include rapid or erratic heartbeat, seizures, insomnia, vomiting and depression. Other symptoms can include:
Treatment for powdered caffeine and/or powdered alcohol abuse or addiction is readily available for those who need it. Therapy, self-help groups and 12-step programs are among some of the more effective methods to obtain the treatment necessary to overcome such an addiction. There is help and accessing it sooner rather than later decreases the risk of serious adverse effects. Getting help during the initial stages of a possible mind altering substance addiction is the best way to prevent future problems.
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