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Kids Who Snort Smarties Risk Nasal Maggots

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Students at Portsmouth Middle School  in Rhode Island were caught snorting Smarties candy, a trend that reports show is increasing.

It might sound like a joke, but State Behavioral Health Care Administrator Rebecca Boss says the matter is just as serious and dangerous as most inhaled drugs - beginning with  the threat of irritation and infection.

"Any kinds of changes in behavior are definitely indications that the child is doing something they may not want the parent to know about," Boss said.

Parent Bruce Digennaro was shocked to hear of the trend.

"They laugh about it, they say that they've heard of kids doing it, but they don't imply that it's a big problem or that it's something that a lot of people do," Digennaro said.

Adrian Markey is another concerned parent that doesn't understand why students would want to do this.

"Where do they get these ideas? You know, can they harm themselves? You know, what will it lead to? They are all concerns obviously." Markey said.

Parents should pay close attention to their children's hobbies and behaviors in regards to any drug use.

Health officials warn that not only can the powder cause irritation, it can lead to the horrifying prospect of nasal maggots,  lung infections and internal bleeding.

The potential hazards can result if flies, attracted to the rotting candy, lay eggs inside the nasal passages.

You Tube videos posted on the trend go back to 2007, but apparently the popularity of the candy snorting is increasing again.

Another perplexing trend? There are also examples of kids smoking Smarties.  No one is entirely sure why they're doing it.

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