Frequently Asked Questions

The ATOD Program Office is located at the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion inside Student Health Services, Room 268. (View map to Student Health Center)

Signs of alcohol poisoning may include choking and/or persistent vomiting; irregular breathing that is fewer than 12 breaths per minute; no breathing for 10 seconds or more and shallow breathing; the skin appears cold, clammy or bluish; and the person won't wake up.

If someone has alcohol poisoning, call 911, DO NOT LEAVE. Stay with the person until help arrives; turn the person their side; monitor breathing closely.

A Medical Amnesty Policy benefits our campus by encouraging students to make responsible decisions in seeking medical attention in serious or life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse and in any situation where medical treatment is reasonably believed to be appropriate. This policy seeks to diminish fear of disciplinary and conduct sanctions in such situations and to encourage individuals and organizations to seek needed medical attention for students in distress from alcohol and drug use.

Opioids are chemicals designed to reduce pain. Types of opioids include heroin, morphine, fentanyl, Vicodin, and Oxycontin. 

Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken as prescribed. However, opioids can be misused which means they’re taken in a different way or quantity than prescribed, or taken without a prescription. Regular use—even as prescribed—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose, and death. Recognizing the signs can save a life. 

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin (lips and nails) 

If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose you should carry NARCAN (naloxone) and keep it at home.  

For more information on NARCAN click here.

The ATOD Program can help connect students with various on and off campus resources to support them in their recovery journey. Please see information on our website about Beach Recovery or email us at

CSULB students may make an appointment with staff at the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion to discuss support options available to quit smoking, vaping or smokeless tobacco use. Students will also receive a free Quit Kit. The package includes information regarding various smoking cessation methods. You may pick one up at the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, inside Student Health Services, Room 268.

The use, possession or sale of marijuana and any THC derivatives are prohibited at CSULB. Under the federal law, which supersedes State law, marijuana is still illegal. The campus is held to two federal laws, the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. These laws say that in order to receive any federal funding (work-study, financial aid, and federal research grants). The university must prohibit all illegal drugs.

As for medical marijuana, the Drug-Free School and Community Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act do not distinguish medical and non-medical use. CSULB, like all colleges and universities, prohibits any marijuana use, regardless of medical status.

Campus Policy on Marijuana and all Related Products - PDF

The ATOD Program staff and peer educators are available to offer presentations related to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. Please see the information about presentation requests.

Fill out the online form found on the “Contact Us” homepage and a staff member will get in touch with you as soon as possible.