Privacy Statement

DopeStats is a strong supporter of individual privacy and we will do everything we can to safeguard information about our visitors and contributors. To illustrate this, DopeStats itself does not, and will not in the future collect any personal information about it's users. Not even an email! Furthermore, DopeStats will never sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease any personal information, since we have none to disclose in the first place.


Visitors

Many people ask whether simply visiting DopeStats can be cause for concerns about privacy and security. Our visitors span the spectrum from users of psychoactives to law enforcement, educators, chemists, physicians, and parents. Visiting DopeStats does not imply anything in particular about the visitor.

As with almost all websites, temporary logs are kept which identify some information about our visitors, including the I.P. addresses of machines being used to access the site. Our web logs are not available to the public. These logs allow website administrators to see how many people visit the site, how many pages have been accessed, which pages are accessed most frequently, and what links are leading people to the site.

Standard logs (including ours) also track which pages are visited by each I.P. address. This information is important for us to have because it allows us to catch denial of service attacks (for example, individual IP's accessing hundreds of thousands of pages per day). This is obviously an area which concerns the efficiency and overall experience visitors will have at DopeStats, thus we must take great care to make sure this information can not be used to compromise the privacy and security of our visitors.


Oh, and by the way...

We understand that there is a lot of concern about privacy. Why in the world would anyone want to submit potentially incriminating information, if they know they will be caught? Well, because you are not giving any personal information. The only thing that singles you out is your IP address, which does not provide authentication of the user behind the IP address. In fact, even during normal operations our database uses several systems developed from computers that aren't networked with our servers, which means that what may look like a person submitting a statistic can actually be a sub-system doing maintenance. Therefore, individual users cannot be singled out because any forensic evidence must clearly de-lineate the IP addresses which are background processes (also called agents), from the IP addressess which are actual people. Our background processes include both system administrators and software.


Submissions

To submit drug use statistics:

  • Go to the main map and choose a substance. Next choose the state, then choose a county. The questionnaire for the county you've chosen will appear on the next page

To browse the statistics or lookup prices:

  • Go to the main map and choose a substance. Scroll to the bottom and you will see the most commonly reported usage amounts. The form on the bottom right of the pages allows you to search drug prices nationwide or by county. To search by county, you must first choose your state, then your county, and enter the details of the substance.

Because standard web logs track which pages are visited by each IP address, we have created several systems by which submissions (user's claims of having used a particular substance) are considerably more difficult to track to a specific IP address. For instance, when a user submits his/her claim, the file write time is automatically changed so it will not be possible to determine who the submittor is by comparing the submission time to the web logs.


Advertising

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to DopeStats and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy


All submissions are made anonymously.
No personal or contact information will ever be collected.