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 increase patients’ exposure to law enforcement…

3 weeks

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 begun. On August 22 the Substance…

4 weeks

Your Methadone History Could Soon Be Shared Without Your Consent

The federal government wants to weaken confidentiality rules for patients with addictions. This means people who have been in any…

2 months

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. It was compound and comminuted, meaning…

2 months

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 benzodiazepines—continue to go up. But opioid…

2 months

Denial of Methadone Devastates Incarcerated People: What Hope?

When people who are dependent on opioids are incarcerated and denied access, they go into withdrawal—an often-painful condition with symptoms…

4 months

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 for people taking medications for opioid…

4 months

Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype

Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is nothing new, but nonetheless lacks a diagnosis code. This means that nobody—including the Centers for…

5 months

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 that has demonstrated outstanding efficacy.  It’s…

5 months

Why Are Methadone Patients Still Being Punished for Marijuana Use?

Marijuana, which is now legal for medical use in 33 states and counting, can help treat pain—something which opioids also…

6 months