PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (CBS) — Parents at one Rhode Island middle school have received a warning about students snorting a popular candy.
According to CBS affiliate WPRI, parents of Portsmouth Middle School students received a note from school officials on Thursday, warning them to watch out for students snorting Smarties.READ MORE: Peak Tick Season Is Here
School officials said the trend is a ‘widespread phenomenon’ that’s found on popular YouTube videos.READ MORE: Buzzy Cohen On Guest Hosting 'Jeopardy!' Tournament Of Champions: 'I Had To Think About The Game In A Totally Different Way'
According to WPRI, the note sent to parents via email explains the methods in which students have been ingesting the sugary candy, including smoking and snorting.
School officials said snorting and or smoking the candy could cause nasal problems, infections, lung irritations, allergic reactions or the rare possibility of maggots inside the nasal cavity.MORE NEWS: Watch Live @ 11: Gov. Baker Update On Reopening Following New CDC Mask Guidance
CBS News spoke with one Portsmouth Middle School parent who exchanged emails with a doctor quoted in the school letter. Dr. Oren Friedman told the parent that while he has never seen a case of nasal maggots from Smarties, he has seen maggots develop from other food products in the nose.