Brazil Launches War on Crack

BRASILIA – PRESIDENT Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday unveiled a national war on crack cocaine, a drug that is increasingly causing addiction, health problems and crime in Brazilian cities and towns.

‘At least in Brazil there are no big dealers. They are basically small-time. The drug is scattered everywhere, which makes it difficult to fight,’ Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto said. According to a recent study, 90 per cent of the homeless in Rio de Janeiro – the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games – use crack cocaine.