Brazil’s Crack Epidemic

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Forced Rehab

Instead of taking a criminal approach to the crack epidemic (as the U.S. did in the 1980s), officials in São Paulo, Brazil's most populous state and one of the hardest hit by the epidemic, say they will start forcing adult crack addicts into rehab centers. Those who resist can be committed against their will by an anti-drug commission of judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

(Photo: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

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