- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Lafayette County supervisors will hold a public hearing Sept. 1 on a proposed local ordinance to stop people age 18 and younger from buying caffeine pills and powders.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1KzRLPd ) the ordinance tracks a bill considered - but not passed - by lawmakers in 2014 to restrict the sale of caffeine pills to minors containing more than 25 percent caffeine.

A first offense would be a $50 fine, followed by a $75 for a second offense and a $150 fine for subsequent violations.

County officials say the public hearing is required before the ordinance can take effect.

The ordinance is named for Water Valley teen Noah Smith who died of an accidental overdose in September of 2014 caused by caffeine pills and powders.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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