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About Taylor Knopf

Taylor Knopf covers rural and mental health news. She previously wrote for The News & Observer as a politics and general assignment reporter. Before that, she worked at a small daily newspaper in southern California.

Knopf has a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in journalism.

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  1. Dr. Laws says

    Excellent, well written article Taylor. Thank you! This article is chock full of information that further adds to my concerns about the negative (and possibly unintended) consequences that are sure to happen when H474–the Death by Distribution bill is signed into law. Those Black, American Indian and other persons of color who are not benefiting from treatment but who are most likely spiraling in their addiction and selling their prescription drugs to meet other needs i.e. rent, food, or to pay for an alternative drug e.g. heroine, will be the ones who are caught in the criminalization web that H474 creates. Thank you for shining light on a key part of many mental health and SUD advocates protests to H474–the treatment side of this crisis and who is or isn’t benefiting.

  2. Gregory Burzynski says

    Thank you for bringing up about this. This is not fair and we should raise our voice about this so called disparities. We should always open our eyes, discrimination can happen everywhere even in the Health industry.

  3. Tim Paulson says

    No mention of addressing the root causes in communities for substance use. Until community determinants of health are addressed and supported by funders we will continue reacting to crisis after crisis. We can’t treat our way out of the problem (although inexpensive and easy access to treatment is essential). There are major systemic issues at work that have long been ignored. A willingness to invest in long term solutions needs to be a core component if social inequities are to be minimized. But, the system is built on short term, reactive responses primarily focused on a triage approach. Where is the leadership to do better?

    • Benita J Mason says

      A great article is full of facts and reality. I would like to get more from your research to expand on and bring out more into the public eye. I am an aspiring writer and professional speaker on this subject and many others.

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