New Inhaled Caffeine Product Has Potential for Abuse

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A new inhaled caffeine product called AeroShot has hit the shelves with no age restrictions at convenience stores. This product was created by Harvard biomedical engineering professor named David Edwards. He claims it is safe and less questionable than many of the common energy drinks on the market. These drinks use the additive taurine to intensify the effects of the caffeine.

AeroShot is an inhaled powder that comes with an amount of caffeine equivalent to about one large cup of coffee. It also includes B vitamins for an extra boost of energy. The manufacturer, Breathable Foods Inc., claims they are offering an alternative way to meet caffeine needs. Since the AeroShot is compact and easily portable, it can go just about anywhere with no worries about spills or burns. This could lead to an unhealthy addiction among teens unaware of the harmful side effects.

Critics Worry AeroShot May Allow People to Party Too Hard

Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a closer look. There is some concern about AeroShot’s potential for abuse. There are fears minors may misuse the new product since those under 18 years of age can buy it. Since it is inhaled rather than ingested, its effects are felt in the body quicker. Stimulant supplements are wildly used among teens because of their need to be active and their interest in partying, pushing themselves to their limits.

The makers of AeroShot believe they can deliver a product missing on the market, due to the supplement’s convenience and appeal. They also believe they should be held to the same standards as those of caffeine drink manufacturers, and shouldn’t be responsible for standards that caffeine corporations aren’t. The label states not to use more than three AeroShot canisters within 24 hours. The simple two-toned design is not marketing itself to the under-18 demographic, but there is nothing preventing young children from getting their hands on the racy product if they truly wanted to.

The FDA Takes a Closer Look and Condemns AeroShot

Upon taking a closer look at the drug, the FDA sent a warning letter to AeroShot’s maker, Breathable Foods. The warning letter states that claims such as “breathable energy” or “caffeine that is able to be inahled” are false or misleading statements. After all, AeroShot technically is a dietary supplement. Dietary supplements are not ingested, but inhaled.  The FDA points out that the physiology of the throat’s epiglottis – the flap that folds when someone swallows food to prevent food going down the windpipe – makes it impossible to have a product that’s both able to be inhaled and digested. Such a dual claim is misleading advertising. Such advertising invites teenage misuse and potential disaster.

Michael W. Roosevelt, FDA’s acting director in the office of compliance, condemned the company in the letter, writing, “Your labeling is false and misleading because your product cannot be intended for both inhalation and ingestion.” Roosevelt believes the “mislabeling” of AeroShot as an inhalant product raises further safety concerns. Innocent consumers like a teenager may attempt to inhale the product, causing it to enter the lungs. Since there is little safety data on inhaling caffeine, such an outcome is cause for concern.

In conclusion, it is key that parents and care providers are vigilant. Manufacturers say what they want. The truth is, there are more and more ways for kids to get into trouble with substances, like caffeine, which is easily accessible. Hence, we must educate ourselves and kids, so they avoid pitfalls. Contact Newport Academy today if you know a teen battling with stimulant supplement abuse such as AeroShot or other issues.