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Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Program
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is the ATOD Program Office?

    The ATOD Program Office is located in the Student Health Center, Room 268. (View map to Student Health Center)

  2. Who attends the ATOD 1-2-3 mandatory class?

    Students in violation of campus alcohol and drug policies are referred to the ATOD Program to attend the Step 1 Mandatory Class, Step 2 Counseling & Assessment, or Step 3 Appointment with Judicial Affairs.

  3. What are the signs of alcohol poisoning?

    Signs of alcohol poisoning 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.

  4. What should I do if someone has alcohol poisoning?

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

  5. Who should I contact if I want to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting on campus?

    All students are welcome to attend the AA meetings on campus. The meetings are held every Wedensday from 12pm-1pm in the Student Health Center, Room 268. Contact the ATOD Program at (562) 985-1732, for more information about AA meetings.

  6. What smoking cessation programs are offered on campus?

    For smoking cessation, the ATOD Program offers students with a QUIT NOW! Quit Kit. The package includes information on various resources on smoking cessation methods. You may pick one up at the ATOD Program office in the SHS, Room 268.

  7. What is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States?

    More than 434,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by tobacco. Just one drop of pure nicotine will kill the average-sized person.

  8. What drug interferes with study habits because it causes a loss of short-term memory, lack of concentration and decreased effectiveness and performance in school work?

    It is the psychoactive constituent 9 THC in marijuana that affects attention, memory and learning.

  9. Can smoking marijuana cause damage to your lungs?

    Regularly smoking three or four joints a week, even for less than six years, can impair lung function and rob the body of antioxidants that protect cells against damage that can lead to heart disease and cancer.

  10. What resources are available if a family member is involved with ATOD?

    The ATOD Program can provide information for Al-Anon services and locations in Long Beach and its surrounding cities.

  11. What types of outreach presentations does your program offer?

    The ATOD Program staff and peer educators offer D.A.T.E. (drug, alcohol, tobacco education) presentations on numerous Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug issues, education and prevention.

  12. Are internship and volunteer opportunities available?

    Yes, the ATOD Program welcomes students of all majors, who are energetic, reliable and have great public speaking skills.