Alison Knopf Alison Knopf

    Alison has written about substance use for more than 30 years. She has also written for many years about medical coding. A freelance writer, she is also the editor of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, and managing editor of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology Update and Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter—all published by WILEY. She also writes for Addiction Treatment Forum.

    SAMHSA Ushers in Law Enforcement “Fishing Expeditions” for MAT Patients

    The federal government’s move to ditch confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder treatment will ...

    SAMHSA to Drop SUD Treatment Confidentiality Rule, Because “Times Change”

    The attack on patient confidentiality⁠—by the very agency that is supposed to protect it⁠—has ...

    Your Methadone History Could Soon Be Shared Without Your Consent

    The federal government wants to weaken confidentiality rules for patients with addictions. This means ...

    To Taper a Pain Patient? It’s Never One-Size-Fits-All

    Many years ago, I broke my ankle⁠—tibia and fibula⁠—in a fall from a horse. ...

    How Did We Come to Abandon America’s Pain Patients?

    Overdoses—not those involving prescription opioids, but of heroin and illicit fentanyl, often combined with ...

    Denial of Methadone Devastates Incarcerated People: What Hope?

    When people who are dependent on opioids are incarcerated and denied access, they go ...

    Why We Fail to Maximize the Benefits of Methadone and Buprenorphine

    Medication for anything only works if the patient takes enough. This is emphatically true ...

    Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype

    Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is nothing new, but nonetheless lacks a diagnosis code. This ...

    Indivior Case: Don’t Throw Out the Buprenorphine With the Bathwater

    In the lucrative but hit-and-miss opioid use disorder treatment field, buprenorphine is one medication ...

    Why Are Methadone Patients Still Being Punished for Marijuana Use?

    Marijuana, which is now legal for medical use in 33 states and counting, can ...

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