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23 WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
82 THREAD BY THREAD
The gist of what you may have missed in the back pages of the global media maelstrom: numbers of refugees increasing, new codes of behavioral conduct for doctors, and parts of Manhattan to become a temporary car-free park in August.
25 TREATING THE TORTURED Lorna Tychostup, reporting from Iraq, speaks with doctors from the country’s newly emerging mental health facilities for torture and trauma survivors.
32 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart reminds voters of the previous problems that have occurred when presidential candidates promised to stimulate economy with tax cuts.
Erika Alexia Tsoukanelis describes her escape from the rigidity of mall fashions and explores stores in the Hudson Valley that cater to individuality.
EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT 86 LATCHKEY NO MORE Kelley Granger explores afterschool programs available to children of all ages.
88 NO MORE PENCILS, NO MORE BOOKS Amy Lubinski offers a guide to opportunites in adult education.
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34 THE REAWAKENING
98 THE SPIRIT OF THE PLACE
Molly Belmont examines the full-scale renassiance that has occurred in Schenectady in the past decade.
Lorrie Klosterman’s Q&A with Dr. Stephen Bergman, author of The Spirit of the Place, about the doctor-patient relationship and the state of the medical field.
40 A PARTIAL CATALOG OF HAROLD’S MAJOR AND MINOR EPIPHANIES
71 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 92 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 103 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY For the positive lifestyle.
A short story by Brent Robison on the life, love, and lamenatations of a man, that received an honorable mention in our 2007 short story contest.
Ryan Sullivan’s Hidden Face and The Tribe at his installation in Ellenville as part of the “10x10x10” exhibit. PORTFOLIO
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ARTS & CULTURE
68 FOOD & DRINK Brian K. Mahoney profiles Kingston’s Francophile haven Le Canard Enchainé.
44 PORTFOLIO Graffiti-inspred artwork by Ryan Sullivan.
46 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson examines the symbiotic relationship that exists between art and nature in the work of Katie Holten and Nina Katchadourian.
48 GALLERY & MUSEUM GUIDE 54 MUSIC Peter Aaron profiles the Pleshakov Piano Museum. Nightlife Highlights by DJ Wavy Davy and CD reviews of: Bob Gluck Trio Sideways Reviewed by Erik Lawrence. K. Osgood Play to Win Reviewed by Sharon Nichols. Stoney Clove Lane Stay with Me Reviewed by Jason Broome.
58 BOOKS Nina Shengold profiles memoirist and book reviewer Daniel Mendelsohn.
60 BOOK REVIEWS Anne Pyburn reviews A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply by Michael Schacker. Marx Dorrity reviews Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg. Lee Gould reviews The Slow Creaking of Planets by Gretchen Primack and Meditations on Rising and Falling by Philip Pardi. Short Takes: A summer reading list complied by Nina Shengold.
64 POETRY Poems by Lisa Bove, Frank Boyer, Timothy Brennan, Brant Clemente, Susan Deer Cloud, Daniel Gilhuly, Michael David Golzmane, DB Leonard, Gregory Luce, Normal, Jill Pritzker, Jordan Reynolds, Natalie Safir, Aleda Schoonmaker, and Tillie Stern.
Peter Hutton’s film At Sea will be screened this month at Upstate Films. FORECAST
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140 PARTING SHOT Migrating Birds, a black-and-white photo by Mary Lou Oliveira.
THE FORECAST 108 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at Chronogram.com.) PREVIEWS 117 Terri C. Smith profiles the late photojournalist Eugene Smith, whose black-andwhite photographs are now on permanent view at Dutchess Community College. 119 Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson profiles soxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, who will perform at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on August 16. 121 In 97 minutes, three actors will stage pieces from all 37 of the Bard’s plays in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” at Boscobel in Garrison. 123 Sparrow talks with Foster Reed, the founder of New Albion Records, a label to be celebrated at Bard College’s SummerScape series in the Spiegeltent, August 1 through August 10. 127 Bard professor Peter Hutton’s silent film about the life and death of a container ship, At Sea, will be shown at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on August 24. 131 Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” at the Shadowland Theater through August 10. 133 “Impassioned Images: German Expressionist Prints” will be exhibited at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from August 22 though October 26
PLANET WAVES 134 Bucky Fuller: This Is the Future Eric Francis Coppolino examines the life of the late author, architect, inventor, visionary, and futurist Buckminster Fuller. Plus horoscopes.
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Eighteen thousand pen caps. 20,000 thread spools. 10,000 Swarovski crystals. 27,000 pipe cleaners. The items that Devorah Sperber has used to fashion her large-scale installations range from dazzling to quirky, but all plays with viewers’ prejudices toward objects not typically associated with art. “I pick materials that have some dignity—a thread spool is a stunningly beautiful object,” Sperber says. “I’m using very lowly craft materials and yet I’m keeping them on the side of ‘high art.’” We may see it as just a material to sew clothing with, but to Sperber, a thread spool is a building block to mosaic-like re-creations of Monet’s water lilies, the holodeck from “Star Trek,” or the iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe in a billowing white dress, straddling the updraft from a subway grate. Sperber, a Woodstock resident, began fashioning thread spool works in 1999 after she saw the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Surprised at how small it is—21 by 30 inches—Sperber set out to “bring back the lost experiential component” of scale and re-created versions of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa to scale. (Sperber has created a series of pieces based on the Mona Lisa in varying sizes.) “My focus has always been on how mechanical reproductions alter images as they exist in the mind’s eye, because my interest has been in how the human eyes and brain function and how they make up the sense of reality.” In recreating Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus’s last meal with hundreds of hanging columns stacked with 20,736 thread spools, the resulting work is an astounding 29 feet wide, the same size as da Vinci’s original. When viewed through an optical device placed in front of the installation, abstract modular units of color are transformed into an identiﬁable painting. The viewer is suddenly able to make out the pearl earring and blue hat on the young woman in a take on Vermeer; Mona Lisa imparts her mysterious, playful smile. “There’s something about the element of surprise that’s involved in each one of my works,” Sperber says. Sperber created her tribute to Jan van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man (SelfPortrait?) (1433) after stumbling upon a scientiﬁc study revealing that hundreds of artists throughout history had subconsciously depicted ﬁgures in portraits on a symmetrical axis. The brain’s inclination to symmetry—a phenomenon known as eye centeredness—is perfectly exempliﬁed in van Eyck’s painting. But Sperber admits that there was also a simpler reason as well for why she ﬁnally chose the piece. “That stunning red turban,” she says. “It’s just such a beautiful color.” Sperber’s work is currently on display at Kidspace at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, until September 1. “Flash Back,” an exhibition of selected material-based works by Sperber, will be on display at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, August 2 through September 7. www.massmoca.org; www.woodstockguild.org; Portfolio: www.devorahsperber.com. —Amy Lubinski
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LETTERS Dis Not the Cat To the Editor: I was insulted by Beth E. Wilson’s unjustiﬁed tirade about Catskill’s cats and Hudson’s dogs [“Touch Not the Cat,” 7/08]. Wilson writes that the Columbia County Council on the Arts and the Chamber of Commerce should not sponsor this street art project because it is “enormously popular.” She likens the sculptures as “paint by number,” “dumbed down,” and “fast food” that “surrenders to the lowest common denominator.” She was disgusted by the positive comments the pieces received by people on the street. Wilson writes, “Popularity alone is not a proper gauge for the success or failure of a public art project,” and the “easy popularity that they (the cat sculptures) enjoy is a slap in the face to...more signiﬁcant artistic projects.” Perhaps Ms. Wilson would whitewash the Sistine Chapel because the frescos are popular with the public. Wilson explains in her critique how she feels about art: “The average citizen will throw his or her hands in the air, shrugging helplessly when confronted with bleeding-edge contemporary art.” She describes a half-mile “path to nowhere” with no payoﬀ at the end as engaging. The Chamber of Commerce and CCCA have the right idea to sponsor a project that is good for tourism. People come to look at free art and while they are there, they visit the town. There is nothing wrong with that. Everyone, except Wilson, is happy with that arrangement. If people hate the art, they won’t come. I made a day trip out of seeing Hudson’s dogs and Catskill’s cats. I had never been to Catskill and it was my sole reason for the trip. I knew what to expect and I wasn’t disappointed. I knew that of the 80 or so sculptures, I would ﬁnd some to be ugly, some to be whimsical, and some (in spite of Wilson’s disagreement) would be very imaginative. I spent several minutes examining the hundreds of world stamps on The Philatelist, and a number of us were amazed at the amount of time it must have taken to glue thousands of cylindrical glass beads onto Starry Night. With so many animals, there were plenty to like. I not only spent money on a meal but also visited many galleries and shops that were open along Warren and Main Streets. Obviously, art is subjective. Wilson may believe that 30 or 40 heads on a ﬂoor qualiﬁes as legitimate art (“Portfolio: Tatana Kellner,” 7/08) and that the street art in Catskill is “impervious to thought.” The cats and dogs aren’t meant to incite deep contemplation and they aren’t meant to change the world. They are just fun. If having a good time disturbs Wilson, she doesn’t have to look at them. I will use Wilson’s last line from her article to comment on her arrogance. “Stop the madness...NOW!” Erin Hart, Schenectady
Deep Summer To the Editor: I hate working Sundays, but today (Sunday, July 6) was made better by the fact I waited until this morning to read the July edition of Chronogram with the Lobster House Restaurant painting on the front cover while waiting for customers to come into Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie’s garden center. I found a copy lying atop a bag of grass seed just before leaving for home on Saturday. I was going to read it at home Saturday night but decided to wait until Sunday morning. What an excellent piece to convey “deep summer,” as I call this time of year, when it seems all but impossible to reap the harvest of the season’s oﬀerings. I always feel as though I am going to miss something if I don’t hit every event or festival advertised in yours and other publications. I become a victim of the Madison Avenue “gotta be there” eﬀect. Lobster House screams out to me, “Find your own summer!” as the boat driver scours an obviously open and lonely portion of the sea. As a result of ﬁnding my own summer, like the lobster boat guy, I and others become part of one another’s own summers in the long run. So even though I hate working Sundays, I do love early summer mornings, especially in summer, and even more so Sunday mornings in summer. Those early morning summer Sunday customers become part of “my summer,” as I am sure I become part of theirs. Thanks for a great magazine! Greg Draiss, Coxsackie
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS In a proﬁle of Tatana Kellner in our July issue, we erroneously stated that there were only three founders of the Women’s Studio Workshop and left out the fourth, Barbara Leoﬀ Burge. Our apologies for the error.
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LOCAL LUMINARIES GEORGE AND NANCY DONSKOJ LEADING LIGHTS OF THE COMMUNITY
The recurring joke of the Artists’ Soapbox Derby, held every year on the slope of lower Broadway in the Rondout section of Kingston: “It’s all downhill from here.” Started in 1995, the derby featured eight soapbox racers and attracted 300 people. This year’s kinetic sculpture “race,” the 14th annual organized by founders George and Nancy Donskoj, is expected to attract 7,000 people, and will showcase over 40 entrants in three divisions: adult, youth, and family. The derby is a singular event: part artists’ fantasia, part adolescent mechanics run
wild (all entries are vetted from an engineering perspective), and part family-friendly community spectacle, it knits together the diverse demographic elements of the region for an afternoon of the most moving kind of public art. I spoke to Nancy and George in late July in the upstairs of their gallery, Donskoj & Company, which faces the race’s starting line on lower Broadway. The Artists’ Soapbox Derby will be held on Sunday, August 17, at 1pm. www.artistsoapboxderby.com. —Brian K. Mahoney
GEORGE AND NANCY DONSKOJ AT THE 2007 ARTISTS’ SOAPBOX DERBY
What was the first year like? Nancy: Well, we didn’t know what we were getting into. I remember being very worried that people would go too fast. We had eight entries and about 300 spectators and it went very well. We got a big front-page picture in the Times Herald Record and it looked like a lot of people because they used a big telephoto lens and it went really well, so we said, “Okay, we’ll do it again.” What motivates you to organize the derby after 14 years? Nancy: I think, after every event, you look at the crowd and everyone has a smile on their face. How could you end this? So we do it again, and after every year, and we’ve had such successful derbies where everything ran so smoothly the past couple of years. It just feels like we’re on a roll. It just keeps on going. It’s taken on a life of its own. George: Well, there’s a lot of work to it, but the fun is still there and the kids love it and the people clamor for it, and it’s a really nice family thing. I don’t think there are too many of those. Most of the people in this help you clean up, too. And we’re here for the arts community. And we do it for us; it still represents us and our gallery too.
Where did you come up with the idea for an "artists’ soapbox derby? George: Well we didn’t come up with the idea, “The Little Rascals” came up with the idea. I think every kid in the world who lived near a hill must have done that at some point. It was like sleigh riding on dry pavement, which is pretty much what we did. We got baby-carriage wheels and two-by-fours. It wasn’t formal. And it never left my mind from the time I was a small boy. But we really wanted to be an artists’ soapbox derby because we’re an art gallery and we thought this would be fun. And it’s turned out to be fun! What have been some of your favorite entries over the years? Nancy: A lot of my favorites have been Alan Adin’s. He comes up with the quirkiest ones. He built a giant head of [former Kingston ] mayor T. R. Gallo, and he did one called Hairball, where he gathered hair from his friend who has a hair salon and made a big giant hairball with this little cat behind it. But the one that really took the cake was when he did a full body cast of himself on wheels and rolled himself down the hill, and it looked just like him.
George: One year, Hank Dijk worked with kids from the Children’s Home of Kingston. They built a giant dragon with smoke coming out of its nose. It was quite spectacular. It really was an accomplished piece of work, all different colors, with snot dripping out of its nose and grueling teeth. It took months. All the kids worked on it with a couple of instructors as supervisors, but they made the whole thing. The derby serves as a kind of afternoon-long piece of performance art. George: You can be an artist for a day. You don’t have to be a professional artist. And we’re finding that a lot of kids are building the cars themselves; their parents aren’t helping. They’re doing an amazing thing and they are going to remember this their entire lifetime. Some of them are only 12 years old. So it’s kind of amazing to me that these children are growing up with art in their lives. Because once you get art, you don’t go back. It’s not something you outgrow. They grow up having art. They have a better understanding of what it is to be creative, and people are cheering for them! Little kids are really such hams out there.
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Esteemed Reader Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw, And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw: Rays that have wanderâ€™d into Darkness wide Return and back into your Sun subside â€”The Conference of Birds, Attar Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The gaggle of three and four-year-old children with their parents dispersed from the fire circle and picked their way over rocks and logs into the woods. Our nature teacher had suggested we find a â€œsit-spotâ€? where we would go and be aware. The sense-task of the day was to use our â€œdeer earsâ€? and listen to the sounds of the world. But first was to find our spot. â€œHere it is,â€? Asher said, without hesitation. I followed him to a small group of stones under a couple of maple trees. I was reminded of the scene in The Teachings of Don Juan in which aspiring shaman Carlos is told to find his beneficial spot on a porch (there is also the added pressure of a destructive spot that could be lethal if inhabited). Carlos searches all night trying to â€œseeâ€? the spot. But Asher had no doubt. This was his spot. We sat down, and put our hands behind our ears, which amplified the sounds. â€œWhat do you hear?â€? I asked after a while. â€œI hear my knowledge, Dad.â€? â€œWhat does it sound like?â€? â€œIt sounds like wind and trees. And birdsâ€ŚI have a lot of knowledge, Dad.â€? â€œReally?â€? â€œYes. Thirteen gallons.â€? Returning to the circle, there was an atmosphere of stillness in the group of adults and kids. I, for one, was seeing with fresh eyes. Trees, earth, faces, looked clean. In the newfound silence, alas, an association, with William Blake: â€œIf the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thruâ€™ narrow chinks of his cavern.â€? After Wild Earth camp ended (www.redfoxfriends.com), Asher chose a sitspot in our yard. Some days we sit together, connecting in succession to our sensesâ€”deer-ears, owl-eyes, raccoon-fingers (touch), dog-nose, and snake-tongue. And sometimes, when he is feeling overwrought, he departs from the family vortex and goes to his sit-spot, returning after some minutes, refreshed. What is the gunk that muddies perception? As I walked through the woods by myself yesterday, I asked this question. As is often the case with such inquiries, the answer was immediately available. I noticed my mind moving from one worrisome and unnecessary occupation to the next: rehashing things I had said or done, or things others had said or done to me; worries about my and my familyâ€™s fortunes; plans for the future, but small ones; and benign associations that are like the mind idling, burning fuel to no purpose. These all showed up against the backdrop of trying to hear the sound of my shoes on the path. After a few moments of really hearing that sound, and sensing my feet inside the shoes, I noticed my body start to relax, and my back straighten. I noticed my gaze lift from the path a few feet in front of me, to the horizon. Suddenly I could see where I was going! What I learned at parent-tot summer camp has spilled over. I have taken to finding a sit-spot on the fly, when I notice that my mind is racing, and Iâ€™m seeing the world through â€œnarrow chinks.â€? But inevitably, spending a few breaths on each sense returns a connection to myself that, in distraction, I forgot was possible. It is like taking a sip of a cool, refreshing drink. In The Conference of the Birds, a 12th-century Sufi epic poem, a group of hundreds of birds set out on a journey to find their true kingâ€”the simorgh. After many difficulties and travails, crossing a desert and seven mountains, only 30 birds remain. Most have given up or died on the journey. When they reach the ramparts of the bird-kingâ€™s castle, and the gates open, they findâ€”themselves. Indeed, simorgh literally means â€œ30 birds.â€?What they had been looking for, they already were. But they needed to suffer and strive to realize this was always already the case. As Asher understood, the knowledge that comes from seeing-hearing-touching-tasting-smelling is not informational. It sparkles with energy (reallyâ€”light, sound, chemicals, and friction are all forms of energy); energy that we can ingest through our senses. It wakes us up and arouses the appetite for more wakefulness. The hardest thing is to bear to be awake. â€”Jason Stern
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June was the deadliest month for US troops in Afghanistan since the war began in late 2001. Twenty-eight US troops died due to roadside bombs, small arms fire, and rocket attacks. As of July 10. a total of 533 US combat deaths have occurred to date in Operation Enduring Freedom. Though summer traditionally brings increased fighting in Afghanistan as the mountainous terrain becomes more passable, experts on the war have noted that the level of violence has been incrementally increasing since 2002. Additionally, a shortage of ground troops in Afghanistan has led the Pentagon to significantly intensify its air campaign in the first half of the year to the highest levels since 2003 to fight the resurgence of the Taliban. Source: Washington Post and USA Today The European Union reached an agreement at the end of June to cap emissions from aircraft in an effort to regulate global greenhouse gasses. All airlines arriving or leaving airports in the EU would be required to buy pollution credits beginning in 2012, joining other industrial polluters that trade in the European emissions market. This could mean further fare increases for passengers. American officials warned that the requirements would be illegal under the convention governing international civil aviation, but the proposal still needs the approval of the European Parliament and individual countries before it is made official. Source: New York Times
The number of refugees crossing borders to escape conflict and persecution increased to 11.4 million people in 2007, an increase of 1.5 million since 2006, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan accounted for more than half of the world’s refugees in 2007. The United Nations said in June that this number could grow due to factors such as climate change and scarce resources. Eighty percent of the refugees remain in developing countries in the immediate vicinity of their own countries. Source: New York Times Noise pollution has been proven to be more than a just annoyance; recent studies conducted by the World Health Organization revealed that noise pollution can be detrimental to one’s physical health. Individuals who are subject to daily noise pollution are likely to have higher blood pressure, which puts them at an increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and dementia. Even those who seem unaffected by the noise and remain asleep when a plane flies overhead experience increased blood pressure, as revealed in a sleep study conducted by Imperial College London. Source: Salon.com Seventy percent of Americans affiliated with a religion or denomination believe that other faiths beside their own can lead to salvation, according to a survey conducted in 2007 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The telephone survey of more than 35,000 adults also revealed that more than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, and 70 percent of the unaffiliated believe in God. The survey also confirmed findings from previous studies that most religiously and politically conservative Americans are those who attend worship services most frequently and that for them, the battles against abortion and gay rights remain the key issues in regard to an individual’s salvation. Source: New York Times New York City plans to convert 6.9 miles of Manhattan into a car-free park for three Saturdays this month—the least congested of the year in the borough—in the recreational experiment Summer Streets. The idea originated 32 years ago in Bogota, Columbia, in an effort to reduce car exhaust. Business owners have expressed concern that the experiment, which will take place from 7am to 1pm on August 9, 16, and 23, will reduce the flow of customers and hurt sales, and taxi drivers are worried about the inconvenience and reduced number of rides that may result from sealing off major traffic routes from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 72nd Street. Source: New York Times
Endangered species may be becoming extinct 100 times faster than previously thought. Leading ecologists claim that the methods used to predict when species will die out dramatically underestimate the speed at which some plants and animals will become extinct, as the models fail to include the proportion of males to females in a population, or the success rate of reproduction. If correct, some of the 16,000 endangered species worldwide threatened with extinction could have months instead of years left. An updated list of endangered species is due out from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in October in October. Source: The Guardian/ UK Wal-Mart is sourcing more produce sold in its supercenters from local farmers in an effort to offset soaring transportation costs which are increasing food prices. In the past two years, Wal-Mart has increased the number of local US farmers it works with by 50 percent. Fruits and vegetables bought locally—grown and sold in the same state—now account for a fifth of the produce available in Wal-Mart stores. Source: NewsDaily.com Hospitals will be required to have codes of conduct and processes for dealing with inappropriate staff by next year, as mandated by Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits most of the nation’s hospitals. Outbursts and condescending language from doctors toward nurses threaten patient safety and increase the cost of health care, as a nurse is less likely to correct or question a doctor’s actions and diagnoses if he/she is fearful of their superior, according to the safety alert issued by Joint Commission on July 9. Hospitals that fail to create behavioral codes of conduct will risk losing their accreditations. Source: Los Angeles Times The US ranks first in the world in consumption of marijuana, cocaine, and tobacco, according to a new study released in June by the World Health Organization. For this first cross-national drug-use study, more than 54,000 people in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania were surveyed using a standardized methodology. In the US, 73.6 percent of those surveyed admitted to having used tobacco, 42.4 percent admitted to having used marijuana, and 16.2 percent admitted to having used cocaine, far outranking New Zealand, the second highest-ranking country for cocaine with 4.3 percent having admitted to using the drug. Only in alcohol use was the US denied the top spot, taking sixth place. (Ukraine, where 97 percent of those surveyed have admitted to drinking alcohol, was tops.) WHO determined that drug use is more prevalent in wealthier countries and that a country’s drug policies have little impact on use. Source: Austin Chronicle Compiled by Amy Lubinski
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