Proposed bill could make it illegal for teens to buy energy drinks in South Carolina

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Proposed bill could make it illegal for teens to buy energy drinks in S.C.- Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on April 10, 2018. (WPVI)

The parents of a teen who died from too much caffeine are on a mission to stop other teens from going down the same path.

Teenagers should have no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day - that's the equivalent of one cup of coffee.

But many are getting much more and the parents of 16-year-old Davis Cripe of South Carolina think it's time to do something.

Cripe died last April after drinking a Mountain Dew soda, a latte, and an energy drink within 2 hours.

The coroner says the caffeine overload probably disrupted his heart rhythm and stopped his heart.

Cripe's parents are now backing a proposed bill in South Carolina. It would make it illegal to sell or give energy drinks to teenagers.

Energy drinks contain up to 300 milligrams of caffeine - adults should only have about 400 milligrams per day.

Federal guidelines ban the sales of energy drinks at schools.

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