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PORTLAND An Oregon non-profit has warned parents that Gummi Bears are part of a dangerous new trend for kids.

Oregon Partnership said teens are soaking the candies in vodka and using them to get drunk.

The organization s Tom Parker said pairing alcohol with anything that has a child-like appeal will make kids want it even more.

You get kids that are 12, 13, 14 years old, he said. Dealing with alcohol at this level under the cute guise that it's a Gummi you are very likely looking at an individual who is going to have a big problem later in life.

Parker said it's important for parents to recognize the signs of drinking early, including slurred speech and bad behavior, and talk to their children about alcohol problems.

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