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      Students charged after police investigate hard candy laced with drugs

      Police say they arrested a student at Chariho Middle School on March 27, on charges of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school, and possession of a controlled substance.

      The day before, another student required medical treatment from consuming a "marijuana candy" obtained from the suspect.

      Toxicology tests revealed the unlabeled hard, brown candy tested positive for traces of methamphetamine.

      More toxicology testing is underway by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

      As a result of the investigation, a second 14-year-old student who attends Chariho High School was charged with distribution of a controlled substance in or near a school.

      The police and school departments are taking steps to notify parents, and educate students about the incident.

      To assist parents and/or students who may be seeking support regarding substance abuse issues, we offer the following contact information for counseling resources at Chariho Regional High School and Chariho Regional Middle School:

      Deirdre Murphy, LCSW
      Prevention Counselor
      (401) 364-7778 x 2143
      Terri Censabella, SAC
      Prevention Counselor
      (401) 364-0651 x2264
      Additionally, resource information is available through the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention: www.charihotaskforce.com