Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Squeaking by during the golden years

Effective Compassion | Seniors are increasingly facing student loan debt and poverty
by Charissa Koh
Posted 6/26/19, 05:14 pm

Students loans, medical costs, and a lack of retirement savings are driving more seniors below the poverty line.

Americans age 60 and older owe more than $86 billion in student loans, according to a report from CBS News, which cited data obtained from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

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Medical marijuana no cure for opioid crisis

Compassion | New study finds overdoses went up in states that legalized pot for medical uses
by Charissa Koh
Posted 6/19/19, 02:00 pm

Opioid overdose rates have increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a study that contradicts previous findings released last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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An ever-growing burden

Compassion | Despite enormous spending on housing, homelessness rises in Los Angeles
by Charissa Koh
Posted 6/12/19, 04:25 pm

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced last week that between 2018 and 2019 the county’s homeless population increased by 12 percent and the city’s increased by 16 percent despite massive government efforts and spending.

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