Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for ordering NIDA publications?

At this time, all of NIDA’s publications are free of cost, including shipping fees. Although it is not obligatory, as a contribution you may provide your own FedEx account number to cover the shipping costs.

How long does a shipment take to arrive?

Our normal timeframe for delivery is between 2 and 4 weeks.

Is it okay to photocopy and print off NIDA publications from the website?

Yes. All of NIDA’s publications are in the public domain, so feel free to download, print, and distribute as many copies as you wish of any of our publications.

Do you ship materials outside of the United States and its territories?

We are able to ship anywhere within the United States and its territories; however, if you are requesting an international order, please furnish a FedEx account number to cover the shipping costs. Also, we will seek approval for your request from a NIDA Project Officer.

How do I cite a NIDA publication if I refer to it in my writing?

Citation of the source is greatly appreciated, though not required. Most of NIDA’s publications are not written solely by one author, so you may cite your work as “NIDA Staff,” or “National Institute on Drug Abuse.”

Is there a limit to how many publications I can order?

Yes.  The standard limit for each publication is posted beside the publication name on the NIDA DRUGPUBS ordering site.  The limit varies depending on the publication.

Is there a way that I can track my order?

A shipment arrives between 2 and 4 weeks from the day the order is placed or approved.  If you have not received your order within the 4-week timeframe, please email or call the NIDA Research Dissemination Center ( or 1-877-643-2644). We will check on the status of your order.

How is shipping handled?

The NIDA warehouse packages all orders and sends them via the US Postal Service or FedEx.

What are the different ways I can place an order?

You may order online through the DRUGPUBS ordering site (, by phone (1-877-643-2644), by email ( ), by fax (1-240-645-0227), or by TDD (1-240-645-0228). Please include publication name(s), quantity, and your shipping address.

How do I find out when an out-of-stock publication will be back in stock?

We update our ordering site as soon as an out-of-stock publication is restocked.  Please periodically check the DRUGPUBS ordering site for the publication you are looking for. We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Some publications are very popular, and we try our best to keep up with the demand.  

Is it possible to expedite a shipment?

Yes. If you would like to receive your materials before our standard timeframe for delivery of 2 to 4 weeks, please provide us with your FedEx account number by either calling us at 1-877-643-2644, or emailing us at  The cost of the expedited shipment rate will be charged to your FedEx account number. If you do not already have a FedEx account number, you may obtain one online at