'Meth-Like' Sports Powder The Latest From Crooked Company Founder

Brought to you by the people who broke your liver

Nothing says "fun!" like the great, cool-down flavor of N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, an ingredient in the popular Craze sports supplement. But in a letter from the FDA disclosed this past week, the agency said that the additive may be too "meth-like" for public consumption. This, however, should come as little surprise to those familiar with the product's creator, who has pretty much made a living putting shady dietary products on the market.

According to USA Today, the FDA's been eyeing Craze and its maker, Driven Sports, for more than a year. The letter states that the supplement includes several ingredients that are adulterated under federal law. Translation? Some of the compounds contained in Craze have never been consumed by humans as food.

The outlaw ingredients include the aforementioned, delightfully meth-like N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, as well as Dendrobex, an apparently sketchy synthesis of something called the dendrobium orchid--which is desirable, apparently.

As USA Today's investigation notes, Driven Sports' founder, Matt Cahill, is a former felon with a history of introducing unsafe products: Superdrol, a designer steroid called that caused liver damage, as well as an anti-estrogen drug that compelled the state of California to file a Federal felony charge against him.

> Find a job as a food scientist

While Cahill stopped selling Craze last year, it's still caused at least one athlete, a Polish bobsledder, to be disqualified from this past year's Olympic games after the supplement caused him to fail a drug test. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. explained why the FDA is often slow to get potentially dangerous products--like the ones Cahill has repeatedly introduced--off the market.

"This isn't the first time we've seen problems with dietary supplements marketed for performance enhancement, and it won't be the last time," he told USA Today. "The law puts FDA in a position of always being several steps behind those who want to market dietary supplements, including supplements that pose real risks."

While Craze may be gone, Driven Sports has already debuted Frenzy, a similar pre-workout powder acclaimed for its allegedly "rage"-inducing qualities. On the off chance that the company needs a slogan for the product, we've come up with a few suggestions. "Mm...methy," maybe? Or how about: "Bring on the N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine!"

> Find an athletic job

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

How many of you would be willing to permanently waive your right to sue if this product turns out to physically harm you? The answer is: none of you, and you know it.

April 25 2014 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

more dope.

April 19 2014 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People have "self-medicated" for thousands of years and will continue to do so for thousands more years. High school and college athletes know that "roids", whether illegal or of the "designer variety", can make huge differences in strength when combined with intensive cardio and muscle workouts. Many pro wrestlers have died from steroids and cocaine, or other drugs. Lance Armstrong , who I greatly admired for many years, somehow managed to fool the drug tests for years ... how did he do it ? Seems most of the Tour De France riders are highly developed endurance riders ...if there were zero steroid usage, how much would it affect their cycling abilities ? I bet it makes a vast difference. College wrestlers know the guys on 'roids" are much stronger than the "natural ones". Many of those "classic pro wrestlers" and body builders got freaky-huge muscles by "supplementing" and eating huge amounts of protein and getting "roids" into their routines. The veteran wrestlers who have been out of the ring for years and out of shape can somehow get back into ring-shape very quickly. They know all the tricks, and the crowds love those huge, bulging muscles and fierce looks, and fantastic finishing moves. No matter what government claims they are doing against "illegal performance drugs", the demand will always be there, so some enterprising entrepreneurs will always figure out how to make better designer drugs and synthetic steroids. It's like alcohol ... most people use it to escape a little bit from reality, others "need" bigger highs and go to cocaine, or methamphetamines, or heroin. Even good old marijuana can be made much more powerful easily. Women use enormous amounts of chemicals on their bodies, and get very expensive body makeovers, change their eyesight with Lasik, change their hair colors and hair styles to suit their hormones and moods. Reality is not acceptable to many people in the U.S.A.

April 19 2014 at 6:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
King Curmudgeon

The old adage that practice makes perfect has been replaced by chemicals make cash!

April 19 2014 at 4:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"Show me the money,... and I'll show you your problem!" Gone are the days we had to wait for someone to come up with something to get us high, or "healthy", and make them a whole lot of money. Common sense should be enough to tell us the difference between the stuff we can inhale, ingest, and absorb,... and the stuff that the human body is just not made to tolerate. This article is making me go in the kitchen and read the label on the jug of (some kind of) powder my son has been using before he goes to work out. Okay, I'll still print this out for him, but it's some powder called "AMP" sold by GNC.

April 18 2014 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the only shady people are the FDA and the big farma companies

April 18 2014 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What about Noexplode and my favorite RedLINE!

April 18 2014 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if they have sold it for a year and people has taken it then it has been ingested. why is it any different than yellow jackets ,caffien shots, energy drinks (that has killed many young people). what are people getting so worked up about it-if you dont want it dont take it nobody is forcing any of these products on you. you alone make that choice after it goes past your lips! just like alcohol you dont have to drink if you dont want to or smoke for that matter. people will always do what they want no matter what and the govt does not help. its all about money people.lol. theres nothing you can do about it unless it kills more people, just like the energy drinks. i think they should be banned! one death is to many thank you very much! how long are they going to let people die every day until they take it off the market. lol guess thats going to happen soon! not!

April 18 2014 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

food manufactures continually poison Americans with food additives like sodium phosphate ,monosodium glutamate and all of it's derivatives for instance torula yeast ,yeast extract, hydrogenated oils , vegetable oil which hardens in your arteries , margarine, propylene glycol , to name a few

April 18 2014 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

If the FDA says it is bad........It must be good. Follow the money. ..............

April 18 2014 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Search Articles

Top Companies Hiring

Week of Nov 9 - Nov 16
View All

Featured Writers

Meet the team

Picks From the Web