Fortunately for us in Australia we don't appear to have too many issues with crack cocaine. What this article is expressing is the fact that when people who have the attached "celebrity" status it is important to recognise how their behaviour can influence people into modelling them.
This is something that when influential people are caught in their addiction - they too can't see what influence their behaviour has. They too get caught up in the process of denial and that what they are doing is okay. Took the Mayor a long time to reconsider his position.
Crack Cocaine in the Headlines