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.

    Cannabis for Opioid Use Disorder: What Do Experts and Patients Say?

    Cannabis works as a treatment for opioid use disorder, according to many patients and ...

    A TSA Officer Sexually Assaulted Me: Know Your Rights

    The first person I interviewed for this story⁠—days before I knew I would write ...

    Why Opioid Pharma Hatred Is Overblown and Harmful

    Opioid pharma—manufacturers of medications designed to relieve pain—has been under the gun ever since ...

    SAMHSA Stifles Public Comment on Expanding Cops’ Powers Over MAT Patients

    Technical problems. That’s the reason the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ...

    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 ...

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