Parents in Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island were recently warned of a dangerous craze involving middle-schoolers snorting Smarties candies. This comes on the heels of 15 students at a nearby school being caught participating in the trend.
According to school officials, the trend is a widespread phenomenon that has swept Youtube over the past few years.
Aside from snorting the candy, some choose to crush the round bits into fine powder and puff it out like smoke.
The letter emailed to parents, and made public by father and blogger John McDaid, warned that kids who crushed and inhaled the candy could be more susceptible to drug use later in life than their peers.
The letter also warned of possible side effects including lung infections, nose-wedged maggots, bleeding and nasal passage scarring and even smoker’s cough.
Despite its popularity as an inhalant, the chemical makeup of the candy does not provide a high.
Rebecca Boss, of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, has since warned parents that they should always be on the lookout for changes of behavior in their children.
Portsmouth Middle School's principal declined to be interviewed, though he noted that snorting Smarties was an issue at the school.