Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Purdue Pharma pitches $10 billion plan to treat opioid crisis

Drug Abuse | The drugmaker’s bankruptcy proposal aims to right OxyContin’s wrongs, but is it enough?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/23/21, 01:47 pm

As an addiction psychiatrist in Washington state, Dr. Mark Duncan sees patients struggling with opioid addiction every week. He described a recent patient who began overusing opioid painkillers because of an aortic dissection—a serious condition in which blood vessels tear near the heart. The patient’s provider stopped prescribing the drugs, so the man bought any opioids he could find off the street to manage his withdrawals and anxiety. His missed work and poor performance caused him to lose jobs, and he lost relationships as he tried and failed at treatment.

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Supreme Court could reinstate death penalty for Boston bomber

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/22/21, 05:02 pm

Last summer, the Justice Department appealed after a lower court threw out the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over concerns about jury bias. The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments for reinstating the penalty this fall. Police captured Tsarnaev, now 27, after he and his older brother set off two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. The attack killed three people and injured hundreds of others. A court convicted Tsarnaev of 30 charges, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

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Record floods hit Australia

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/22/21, 01:58 pm

About 18,000 people have evacuated, and emergency services said rising water could displace 54,000 in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. Some parts of Western Sydney have recorded nearly a foot of rain since Friday morning, with more forecasted through Wednesday. Some 40 flood warnings cover the state’s coastline.

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