Instant highs and instant booze should be harder to obtain, under a pair of new laws.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill sponsored by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), banning the sale of powdered caffeine to people under eighteen. She says the bill was inspired by news of a young athlete's death in Ohio.
“They say one teaspoon is like 25 cups of coffee,” Bertino-Tarrant says, “and the Poison Control Center has really taken an active role in trying to do this nationwide.”
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Another bill the governor signed outlaws powdered alcohol for everybody. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is pursuing a federal ban.
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“Research shows very clearly that the most influential person in a youth's life is their parent,” says Sara Howe, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association, “and their parent's expectations.”