SMMGP - Substance Misuse Management Good Practice

Substance Misuse Management Good Practice

Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a technology for remembering information between web pages. Because of cookies your web browser can remember you are logged in to a web site, have put items in a shopping basket, have visited a site before, or what your personal preferences are. Most web sites use cookies of some sort, and have been doing so for many years.

In reality, a cookie is a small text file which is stored by the user's web browser. The cookie only contains data, not code, so it can't contain a virus or spyware. This doesn't mean that all cookies are harmless in intent, but they can only ever store information.

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What cookies do we use?

The cookies we use on the main SMMGP web site are just "analytical" cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of site visitors and to see how these visitors move around the site when they're using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works e.g. by making sure visitors are finding the information they need as easily as possible.

This site uses four Google Analytics cookies:


If you would like to know more about these cookies, please see the Google Analytics web site.

What about the SMMGP Forums & Blog?

The SMMGP Forums and Blog sites also use Google Analytics cookies, the same as the main SMMGP web site.

In addition they uses a number of other cookies to keep track of information such as whether or not a visitor is logged in. Without these cookies it would not be possible for the Forums or Blog to operate.

What about PayPal?

If you choose to donate to the SMMGP using PayPal, you will be taken to the secure PayPal web site to complete the payment. This web site also uses cookies, and this is necessary in order to perform the transaction successfully.

For more information about the cookies used by PayPal, please see the "Privacy Policy" link at the foot of all PayPal web pages.

Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns about our use of cookies.