Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for ordering NIDA publications?

Print materials are available at no charge, including shipping, in very limited quantities. Due to budget cuts and shrinking inventory, limits are set to help ensure that NIDA can provide as many people as possible with printed materials.  

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

Yes. Orders of more than one copy per publication, and more than five publications total, require a FedEx or UPS shipping number. Educational institutions with a US mailing address may order up to 30 copies of select publications free of charge, including shipping. National Drug Facts Week registered event holders may order up to 200 copies of select publications free of charge depending on the size of the event. NIDA reserves the right to approve the number of select publications to be shipped for free. For orders over the limit, please provide us with your FedEx or UPS account number by either calling us at 1-877-643-2644, or emailing us at Submittal of multiple online orders in an attempt to get larger quantities will not be fulfilled.

What if I need more copies of a publication?

You have options for printing or purchasing your own copies of NIDA publications.
I. Print individual copies (PDF, original size):
     1. On the order page, click "View this publication online at"
     2. Click the ”Download PDF” link.
     3. Print as you would any PDF, using the Print icon or your Web browser's Print option.
II. Have a printer in your area professionally print copies of NIDA print-ready publications.
To do this, you may need specially formatted print files (different from the PDF versions on our website). NIDA reserves the right to determine whether to provide these print files. To request print files, e-mail us at: These files should not be altered in any way prior to printing. Remember to include your organization's contact information and the name of the publication you want to print.

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. 

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 way that I can track my order?

Your shipment should arrive between 2 and 4 weeks from the day you place the order. You can track your order’s status via your online DRUGPUBS account. 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?

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