Rio de Janeiro — Brazil is now the world’s largest crack market with over a million users, according to studies. It’s so bad, the health Minister called it an “epidemic” and the federal govt announced a two billion dollar program to combat it last December.
"Crakolandias," where users gather to get high, have sprouted up in Rio and other Brazilian cities. The city government began a controversial policy of mandatory treatment for addicts in February but there is still no sign it has made an impact. When authorities show up in one place, addicts flee, and a new crackland soon appears somewhere else.
But Evangelical churches have had some success helping “crakudos,” as addicts are called.