Users of Crack Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Unending Cycle: Rio’s Crack Camps

Fabio Teixeira

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ongoing

Crack users in the campgrounds next to the Avenida Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro’s Tidal Slum Complex, resist treatment. The city has set up teams to collect users and lead them to treatment centers, but it has been hard to make inroads with addicts, many of whom are violent. Others, especially the younger addicts, prostitute themselves to buy the drug.