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.

SUD Patients’ Confidentiality a Quiet Victim of the CARES Act

It took COVID-19 to do what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the American Society of Addiction…

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Estimated 15,000 NYC Methadone Patients to Be Isolated. How Will They Get Meds?

There are about 30,000 methadone patients in New York City, all taking methadone on a daily basis for opioid use…

2 weeks

Second Woman Reports Sexual Assault by TSA in Orlando

A Transport Security Administration (TSA) officer sexually assaulted me during a “search” at Orlando International Airport on October 23, 2019.…

2 months

How the TSA Has Stonewalled My Follow-Up to Being Sexually Assaulted

Last fall, a Transportation Security Administration agent sexually assaulted me at Orlando International Airport. She used all ten fingers to…

2 months

The Formidable Challenge of Understanding Pain

Whether you consider opioids to be the gold standard for treating pain or a last resort, they do the job…

2 months

Flavored Vapes: The Partial US Ban Brings Very Mixed Feelings

It was a cold, rainy morning when I walked into “Happy Habits,” our local vape store in the Hudson Valley.…

3 months

The Ethical Quagmire of Conducting Drug Trials With Incarcerated People

Using human beings as “guinea pigs” for unethical experiments becomes so much easier when the subjects belong to marginalized and…

4 months

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 some limited research. But experts suggest…

5 months

A TSA Officer Sexually Assaulted Me: Know Your Rights

The first person I interviewed for this story⁠—days before I knew I would write it, because I felt ashamed—was my…

5 months

Why Opioid Pharma Hatred Is Overblown and Harmful

Opioid pharma—manufacturers of medications designed to relieve pain—has been under the gun ever since the opioid-involved overdose crisis began. Most…

6 months