Drugs in Brazil

The Amazonian basin is one of the key origins for class A drugs worldwide. Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil are all members of this influential club, and each country faces endemic domestic problems due to drug trafficking and its outlying influences.
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Cocaine in BrazilToday Brazil is fighting a crack epidemic from the inside of its favelas radiating out. The average tourist won’t get a chance to witness the damage wrought by this highly addictive chemical for themselves, but the less tainted and often equally cheap cocaine is easily available for whoever should wish to get their hands on a high somewhat more aggressive than the locally brewed cachaça.
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Crack user in BrazilBrazil is unfortunately one of the world’s largest market for crack and cocaine use, a very sad statistic indeed. 
It is our duty not to ignore it and hopefully see an improvement very soon with all the effort put in the country's emancipation. 
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As Brazil commits itself to the heady heights of the World Cup 2014 and the Olympics 2016
, radical proposals are being considered as to what to do about the problem of the Brazilian drug trade. The demolition of vast swathes of the often-historical slums of Rio de Janeiro has been widely publicized in global media circles, but it is the violent and sudden raids of gang hotspots by the Brazilian police targeting drug traffickers themselves that have caused local people to grow increasingly concerned over the potential backlash on Brazilian city streets.   
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OUR ADVICE
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It is recommended not to take local drugs at all while travelling in Brazil. Gringo’s are heavily penalized if caught carrying and/or consuming illegal substances, and risks of being caught are increasing exponentially as the country gears itself up for a pressurized four years. Equally, although drugs are generally of a safer quality than those back home, sources can be highly unreliable, particularly when faced with first-time tourists, and you can easily obtain substances dangerous to your health. 
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