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Privacy Policy

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Website Privacy Policy

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Last Updated: March 4, 2016

We at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (the Center) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting the privacy of the information you provide to us while using this website and its services.

This Privacy Policy describes the type of personal information we may collect on our website (the “Site”), how we may use that information and with whom we may share it. The Privacy Policy also describes the measures we take to protect the security of this information.

Your use of this Site is also governed by our Terms of Use.

Technologies that Allow Us to Customize Your Experience

We use various technologies to collect information about your visit to our Site and to enhance and customize your experience on our Site. 

Information Collected by Web Servers

Our Web servers and Web servers of third-party vendors (discussed below) automatically collect certain non-personally identified information, such as the pages a user visits, and the domain name of a user’s Internet service provider. We use this information is used to measure traffic and usage patterns. The servers also may log Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes, as well as for aggregate site usage statistics. Also, in some instances, we may use IP address logs to anonymously track session and website usage and behaviors. We do not share this information with other organizations nor do we link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable.  However, outside vendors (as discussed below) also may collect this information and use it for their own purposes.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site or service provider systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We employ anonymous browser “cookies” to track Site usage from visitors. We do not employ third-party cookies from any outside organization, although our outside vendors (as discussed below) also may place cookies. Users who do not accept cookies from our Site can access Site content, but may not be able to use certain website features, such as credit card transactions and the “remember me” function for future emails from the Center.

Information Collected and How We Use It

The Site allows users to choose to provide us with personal information. If you post comments or engage in discussions on certain interactive sections of the Site, sign up for email updates or make a donation, you may be asked to provide personal information (such as your name, email address, mailing address, etc.). We do not seek to collect, process or store any sensitive personal information from you while using the Site, including personal information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership and the processing of information concerning health or sex life.  We will only collect such personal information where required by applicable law or as necessary for a purpose which you expressly request and consent to.  However, you can still visit the Site anonymously. If you prefer that we not collect any personal information from you, please do not provide us with such information. Also, if you prefer that we not contact you in the future through use of this contact information, please do not provide us with such information.  If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, please note that we include unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Future Contact from the Center

The information that you provide to us may be used to complete and support the immediate activity requested, administer and run the Site, improve the Site, contact you if necessary or requested and comply with any requirements of law. The information may also be used to contact you in the future about Center news as well as various events, reports, publications, functions, activities and opportunities. 

Unless you give permission, your email address and other personal information will not be shared with any organization outside of the Center other than certain third-party vendors (as discussed below). You may inform us at any time if you would like to cancel a subscription and/or have your contact information deleted from our records.


Guests are welcome to comment on our blog. We do not actively monitor the content of the comments; however, harmful or profane language is not allowed.  The Center reserves the right to remove a comment at its discretion for any reason (including any content that is harmful, profane, or infringes another’s intellectual property rights) at any time.  (See our Terms of Use for more information.)  Users may sign in to comment using certain third-party accounts, the data from which is not collected by the Center (but see discussion below for access via third-party accounts). Data collected from users who provide their name and email address directly to the Center for the sole purposes of commenting will not be used by the Center for any purpose other than contacting the user about their comment, if necessary.  However, as information contained in comments is public information, it may be used by others.  

Credit Card Information

We recognize the importance of respecting the integrity of credit card and related contact information that you provide and limiting access only to personnel authorized to process your request and/or certain third-party vendors (as discussed below). Also, we utilize software to encrypt credit card transactions, which works to protect card numbers and other confidential information so that it cannot be improperly viewed, intercepted or altered.

Donations in Honor or Memory of Another

You may also choose to make a donation in honor/memory of someone. The person or family you designate will receive a notification with your name if you choose to send one. Any contact information that you provide about the person or family you designate will be used only to honor your request to send a notification. We do not release this contact information to other organizations except for certain third-party vendors (as discussed below).

Self-Assessment Reponses

The Site offers users the opportunity to take self-assessment tests. All responses provided to self-assessment tests are completely anonymous and we do not collect any personally identifiable information in connection with the self-assessment quiz. For the purposes of scientific research and usage analysis, responses will be associated with an anonymous numerical identifier that will not be linked to browser cookies or your IP address (see above for information on cookies and IP addresses). If we publicly release user response data, it will only be in aggregate (group) form.  

Information We Share and With Whom We Share It

We will not provide your personal information to third parties for their use in marketing their products or services to you – or for any other reason – without your express consent. 

Third-Party/Outside Vendors

We may retain or utilize other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf consistent with this Privacy Policy. Examples include consultants and web hosting and payment processing companies. Such third-party vendors may be provided with access to personal information needed to perform their functions but they may not use such information other than on our behalf and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. 

Business Transfers

In the event that the activities of the Center are merged, sold or otherwise transferred, user information, including personal information, generally is and may be one of the business assets transferred in those transactions. By submitting your information on the Site, you agree that your data may be transferred to outside parties in these circumstances.

Compliance with Law and Fraud Protection

We may disclose any information we deem necessary, in our sole discretion, to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process (including, but not limited to, in response to a subpoena) or governmental request. In addition, we may disclose any information when we believe, in our sole discretion, disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with suspected or actual illegal activity.


We may share your personal information, if needed, to protect the security or confidentiality of our records.

Nonpersonal Information

Third-party vendors we use in providing our Site may have access to and use anonymous information related to your visit to our Site, such as your IP address.  These companies most often use non-personally identifiable information generated during your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  These companies typically use a cookie or a third party web beacon to collect this information.  In addition to setting cookies on your browser, they may also read cookies that are already there. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice, you can visit   

Access to Our Site via Third-Party Accounts or Links

If you access our Site through a third-party connection or log-in, such as through your Facebook account, what information the third-party may collect about your visit and how they may use it would be governed by the third-party’s privacy policies and terms of use and not by this policy nor our Terms of Use. 

Children’s Privacy 

If you are under 13 years of age, you may browse our Site. However, you may not provide personal information to us. This Site is not directed to children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 on the Site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of 13 on the Site, we will delete the information from our records. 

Third-Party Website Links and Social Media Sites 

Occasionally on our Site we offer links to third-party websites and social media sites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies, and these third parties may be located in a jurisdiction with lesser data protection laws. We therefore have no control over the content and activities of these linked sites.  (See our Terms of Use for more information.)  Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our Site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

You can access information published to these sites without having an account with or subscribing to these third-party services. If you access one of these sites without an account, none of your personal information will be seen by the Center.  If you do subscribe to one of these services and your account name, online profile or comments you make reveal personal information, we will not use, maintain or share that information outside the Center.  Since our social media content is available to the general public, if you make a comment on a social media site, any information in your comment, as well as your profile name and any other public profile information, will be available to the general public to see.

How We Protect Personal Information 

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place a donation or submit your personal information. 

All sensitive/credit information you supply is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider's database, and we do not have access to or retain your credit card information, i.e., your credit card number, expiration date or card security code on our servers.  This database is only accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems who are required to keep the information confidential.

Online Privacy Policy Only 

This online Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Acknowledgement

By using our Site, you declare that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy.  If you cannot comply with these terms or do not wish to have your personal information processed as described in the Privacy Policy, please do not use or access the Site.

Updates to the Center’s Privacy Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post the revised policy here. We suggest that you periodically consult this Privacy Policy. Please find the date of the last revision at the top of this Policy.

Updating Your Information

If you would like to update your contact information, you may do so by contacting us at (212) 841-5200 or by email at [email protected].


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Contact Information

If you have questions, concerns or comments about our privacy policies or practices, we would like to know what they are so we can address them. Please contact us at (212) 841.5200 or email us at [email protected].

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