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Monthly Archives: December 2020


Bystander Opioid Overdoses: Myth or Reality?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Washing your hands is an effective way of reducing your risk of exposure to a variety of harmful things, but irrational fears of contamination through accidental contact with the skin can do more harm than good.  Foodborne pathogens can’t hurt you unless you ingest them; you wash your hands after handling raw chicken so… Read More »

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COVID-19 in Pennsylvania Prisons: A Scary Situation

By Gary E. Gerson |

Movies and television do a good job of scaring people about what life is like in jails and prisons, from the awful food to the lack of privacy to abuse and violence at the hands of prison guards and other inmates.  Perhaps a police officer even spoke at an assembly at your school, telling… Read More »

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Titusville Gym Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Student

By Gary E. Gerson |

Sexual abuse of minors is very prevalent.  By some estimates, one in four women and one in nine men were sexually abused before they reached adulthood.  Given that most adults care so much about protecting children from abuse, and given that teachers and healthcare providers have a legal responsibility to report cases of suspected… Read More »

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Can You Get Criminal Charges for Participating in a Protest?

By Gary E. Gerson |

On October 26, police in Philadelphia fatally shot Walter Wallace, Jr.  Wallace, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was having a mental health crisis and behaving erratically.  His parents had called the city’s emergency lines three times that day, in hopes that the city would send an ambulance and that their son could get emergency… Read More »

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