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Op-Ed: Overdrive Society, Overdosing on Coffee

By RobotGod     Aug 13, 2007 in Health
A teenage girl was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on espresso coffee. She downed seven double espresso coffees while working in the family's shop and was left "burning up and hyperventilating".
The Daily Mail reports that while working at her family's sandwich shop, she overdosed on coffee, thinking that she was having single measures. In fact, she was having doubles.
Her actions left customers startled. She would burst out in laughter or begin crying while serving them. After her father sent her home the medical symptoms began. She had a fever and was unable to breath correctly.
She was rushed to the hospital and released a few hours later. She had in fact, overdosed on caffeine.
"My nerves were all over the place," Jasmine said. "I was crying in front of the customers and had tears streaming down my face." After going home she experienced frightening physical symptoms. She added: "I was drenched. I was burning up and hyperventilating. "I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast and I think I was going into shock."
She said that she felt exhausted for days afterward. Small wonder as the toxins must have been still leaving her body at that point.
It is becoming far too commonplace for people, especially teens to overdose on caffeine. Just walk down any street and you will be bombarded with coffee shops or other shops where the drink of choice is Coffee.
The number of caffeinated products outside of coffee are soaring as well. For instance CBS2 reports on a new caffeinated soap that will give you 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is more then a cup of coffee. It is designed to wake you up of course, but it just adds to the body's daily intake.
There are also lip balms, sunflower seeds and even caffeinated frosting for doughnuts. It is becoming an epidemic.
Why do we feel we need the extra jolt? One reason is hectic lifestyles. However, when we abuse caffeine, it takes more and more in order to get that feeling of alertness or high. This is known as "Chasing the dragon" in drug lingo. You are forever chasing that first high and it never comes again.
Our habits are bad enough, but with many caffeine flavored products headed our way, it will only get worse.
Tobacco is always hailed as a danger and many want it more heavily regulated. But with caffeine, too many people are unaware of the dangers. Many would argue that we need dosages of the drug listed on every cup of coffee or on the menu.
I do not foresee a Starbucks decline in new shops anytime soon, so people are going to have to be more aware of what it is that they are putting into their body or there will be big health trouble in this country and others on the scale of the obesity epidemic.
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