Highly Recommended

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is worth visiting for comprehensive lists of commonly abused drugs/substances. Visitors can find information about drug effects, complications, health impact, usage patterns, and many other relevant issues. There is even audience-specific information for groups such as parents, families, and children.

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Review Date: 10/5/2018


Ease of Use

The website's homepage flood visitors with choices, but the main navigation bar is clear and has appropriately labelled topics/subtopics. The site's search bar is specific to this section of the National Institutes of Health and even offers a few options to filter by content type.

Visual Design

Not much emphasis on visual appeal, although efforts have clearly been made to engage the reader and direct them to the site's most important functions. Each page is mostly text-based, but there are also charts and other graphics embedded within.


Comprehensive, detailed, and relevant information about all aspects of substance abuse from a highly respected governmental authority. Along with brief overviews of each drug/substance, there are also statistics, videos, publications, news, resources, and clinical trial information. Visitors will have no problem becoming informed about drug abuse.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a trustworthy governmental entity housed within the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The site enacts regular content reviews to ensure currency, and only uses highly authoritative research to back it's materials.


  1. Users get a complete picture of all aspects of substance abuse
  2. Many downloadable fact and information sheets
  3. Audience-specific and drug-specific information


  1. Site does not identify authors/editors


Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Drug alerts, newsletter, news, downloabable fact sheets

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: media@nida.nih.gov