Brazil’s Crack Epidemic

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Dealers Take a Stand

In the Mandela favela of Rio de Janeiro, a group of drug dealers expressed their disgust with crack, noting that the drug destabilizes their communities, thus making the government-abandoned areas harder to control.

"Crack has been nothing but a disgrace for Rio. It's time to stop," a drug boss told AP. "How can I tell someone he can't steal, when I know I sold him the drugs that made him this way?"

(Photo: AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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