When you hear Los Angeles, you probably think about movie stars, beaches, and shopping, but what you see here is ground zero of America’s homelessness crisis. Skid Row is an area of downtown Los Angeles where more than four thousand people live. It is estimated that more half of them use drugs every day. It has twice the population of “Crackland” in São Paulo, Brazil.
Crack first saw widespread use primarily in impoverished inner-city neighborhoods in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Miami in late 1984 and 1985. After years of crack cocaine’s predominance, heroin became the most popular drug in the area.