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Rio crack addicts rounded up

2012-10-17 18:33

Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro health officials are locating and treating hundreds of crack addicts suddenly left without drugs after police occupied dangerous slums this week where the users congregated en masse to buy and smoke the potent drug.

Between Sunday, when 2 000 officers stormed the slums, and late on Tuesday, crews of health professionals with police support had rounded up 231 crack users: men, women and children who'd been living in the streets, scrambling for cash and the next fix.

The operations continued on Wednesday, but officials had yet to release figures on how many addicts they located.

The police are pushing into the slums as part of a massive effort to bring security to Rio before it hosts the final of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Comments
  • Du Mabaso - 2012-10-17 18:51

    the same must be done in ZA too many people are killed

      stanton.clarke - 2012-10-17 20:27

      Was thinking the exact same thing. Would be nice to see the SAPS go out in full force and take the dealers down.

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