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Laws and Regulations Affecting Conduct of Business by the  Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Title 42 Public Health

Chapter 1: Public Health Service, Department of Health & Human Services

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 Part 2: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records

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These regulations cover subjects such as statutory authority for confidentiality of drug and alcohol abuse patient records, reports of violation, criminal penalty for violation, minor patients, incompetent and deceased patients, security for written records, undercover agents and informants, restrictions on the use of identification cards, disposition of records by discontinued programs, relationship to State laws and to Federal statutes protecting research subjects, notice to patients, patient access and restrictions on use, written consent, disclosures to elements of the criminal justice system that have referred patients, medical emergencies, research activities, audit and evaluation activities.

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This link will take you to an online version of 42 CFR, the Code of Federal Regulations at  This is the official "Keeping America Informed" website of the Government Printing Office, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration.