Ohio Becomes 15th State to Ban Powdered Alcohol and Powdered Caffeine

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 Two new products just emerging on the market got a thumbs-down in Ohio 

State legislators voted to ban both powdered alcohol and powdered caffeine. 

Ohio became the 15th state to prohibit powdered alcohol, called Palcohol, because of the potential dangers. They believe it would be too easy for youngsters to sneak it into events and it’s hard to determine what is a safe amount to use and what is deadly. 

The same concerns surround powdered caffeine which killed an 18-year-old Ohio man recently. Reportedly, a teaspoon of the powder is equal to about 25 cups of coffee. 

Both State Senator Lou Gentile and Representative Jack Cera voted to ban the powdered substances.

“We’ve had a lot of testimony from parents teachers and others coming in, urging us to consider this ban and recently we did take action and do that,” Gentile said. Cera added, “Even though the FDA I think since has come out and maybe has licensed the powdered alcohol, we didn’t think it was a good thing for Ohio.”

The bill to ban powdered substances passed 26 to 5 and was sent to Governor Kasich. 

One lawmaker who was in favor of them said it’s impossible to assume these products could be more abused than the liquid forms.

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