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A View from Behind the Pharmacy Counter

“Who needs drugs? Well, at any given stage in life, we all do,” says Darren Strain, a northwestern Pennsylvania pharmacist for a large drug-store chain. “I believe the quality and length of life have both been increased, because of drugs.”

As a pharmacist, Darren sees a wide range of customers who interact with drugs in dramatically different ways. There are those who agree with his assessment of the value of drugs and use them...

Living a Compassionate Life

Many people claim to be animal lovers, but Jessica Carlson walks the talk. “We humans love our dogs and cats, yet we eat pigs and cows. One should not be treated any different from the other,” says Carlson, director of a northwest Pennsylvania early-childhood education center.

Passionate about animal-rights issues since she was a child, Jessica became a vegetarian at the age of 16 and went totally vegan seven years ago at the age...