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- Information Collected and Stored Automatically
- Personally Provided Information
- Disclosure
- Intrusion Detection
- Systems of Records
- Security
- Privacy Act Notification

Thank you for visiting the National Institute on Drug Abuse Web site and reviewing our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy for visits to,,,,,,,,, is clear:

We collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored (see below), when you visit our Web site, unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically:

When you browse through any Web site, certain personal information about you can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain), and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Internet) from which you access our Web site
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Web site
  • The date and time you access our Web site
  • The pages you visit
  • If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site

We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

Personally Provided Information:

You do not have to give us personal information to visit our Web sites.

If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., we will only maintain the information as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

However, all communications addressed to or the Webmaster are maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes. These communications are archived on a monthly basis but are also protected by the Privacy Act, which restricts our use of them, yet permits certain disclosures.


NIDA does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or statute.

Intrusion Detection:

This Web site is maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in Federal court.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Systems of Records:

Information originally collected in traditional paper systems can be submitted electronically, e.g., electronic commerce transactions and information updates about eligibility benefits. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, there will be a Privacy Act Notification provided.


Information collected online in the form of server logs, form submissions, or e-mail to are stored securely and have limited access by NIDA staff. Archival data is stored offline in a secured storage facility.

Privacy Act Notification:

Collection of this information is authorized under Public Health Service Act, Section 301(a)(42 U.S.C. 241(a)); Sections 341(a) and 344(d)(42 U.S.C. 257(a) and 260(d)); Sections 503 and 515 (42 U.S.C. 290aa-2 and 290cc). These sections authorize the conduct of research in all areas of drug abuse.

The primary use of this information is to a) collect and maintain a database for research activities at NIDA/IRP and b) enable Federal drug abuse researchers to evaluate and monitor the subjects' health during participation in a research project.  The areas of research include, but are not limited to, biomedical, clinical, behavioral, pharmacological, psychiatric, psychosocial, epidemiological, etiological, statistical, treatment and prevention of narcotic addiction and drug abuse.

Categories of records involved are administrative, medical and research records.  This information may be disclosed to NIDA/IRP research staff and contractors, collaborating researchers, organizations, and state and local officials for the purpose of conducting evaluation studies or collecting, aggregating, processing or analyzing records used in evaluation studies.  Submission of this information is voluntary, however, in order for us to evaluate the success of the NIDA/IRP research program, you should complete all fields.


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