Alcohol and Other Drug Information

California State University, Northridge is fully committed to achieving the aims of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

The creation and maintenance of a drug and alcohol-free campus depends on you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with the Drug-Free Campus Policy.

For further information see the Drug-Free Workplace Policy at:

It is the policy of California State University, Northridge to maintain a campus free of illicit drugs. It is expressly prohibited to unlawfully manufacture, use, sell, purchase, transfer, or possess of dangerous drugs or narcotics, as those terms are used in  federal statutes.   

Campus regulations prohibit employees and students from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while engaged in work or university sponsored activities on or off campus. This does not include the use of legally prescribed medication that does not adversely affect work ability, job performance, or the safety of the individual or others.The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires that California State University, Northridge employees engaged in work on federal contracts or grants (including financial and work-study employment) abide by the above standard of conduct as a condition of employment.    

Employees shall notify the Associate Vice President of Human Resources of any criminal drug statute conviction which resulted from behavior in the workplace or while on university business no later than 5 days after the conviction. California State University, Northridge is required to notify the federal contracting/granting agency within 10 days of receiving such notice of conviction and to take appropriate corrective action.

Health Risks

The following summaries are an overview of the major health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to chemical dependency and can be harmful during pregnancy.

  • Alcohol - Risk of overdose causing illness, injury, comatose state, and death. Risks increase when combined with the heavy use of caffeine, or the use of other drugs. Long-term use may lead to dependence, addiction, or death. 
  • Anabolic Steroids - Use of anabolic steroids can causes changes to the brain and body that lead to serious injury or death. Long-term use can result in damage to the cardiovascular system.
  • Benzodiazepines/Sedatives - Risk of overdose causing memory impairment, loss of reflexes, illness, injury, comatose state, and death. Risks increase with the use of alcohol.
  • Cocaine - High risk of overdose resulting in seizures, cardiac arrest, stroke, comatose state, and death. Long-term use can result in increased hostility, paranoia, and profound addiction and dependence.
  • Ecstasy/MDMA - Risk of overdose causing greatly increased body temperature, hypertension, kidney failure, exhaustion, and death. Long-term use may lead to damage to serotonin receptors in the brain. 
  • Hallucinogens - Belladonna drugs carry the risk of overdose causing seizures, coma, psychosis, and death. Non-belladonna drugs carry the risks of dehydration, diarrhea and nausea. Hallucinations from use may result in long-term psychological problems.
  • Heroin - High risk of overdose resulting in decreased heart rate and breathing, illness, injury, comatose state, and death. Risk of withdrawal is very high, causing loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, shivering, sweating, cramps, and extreme sensitivity to pain. Even minimal use can develop dependence and addiction.
  • Marijuana - Use of marijuana may result in increased anxiety, impaired decision making, and complications to the cardiovascular system (particularly with individuals at-risk for heart disease). Long-term use is linked with impairment of certain brain functions (e.g. memory retention, reaction times) and decreased motivation.
  • Methamphetamine - High risk of overdose resulting in lethal cardiac arrest, extreme hyperthermia, and death. Long-term use can result in loss of teeth, blemishes on the skin, dependence, and addiction.
  • Nicotine - Risk of overdose is possible, but rare, resulting in dizziness, weakness, nausea, tremors, and convulsions. Even short-term recurrent use of nicotine can lead to addiction.
  • Prescription Medications - Risk of overdose causing nausea, vomiting, and death. Long-term use may lead to lethargy, dependence, and addiction. Use of prescription medication also carries risks of the related side effects of that prescription medication.

Help is available for employees and students with alcohol and drug problems

Faculty and staff may contact the the University’s Employee Assistance Program, LifMatters at 1-800-367-7474 or at (password: Matadors) for confidential consultation regarding drug or alcohol abuse, or other personal problems at no cost to the employee or member of their immediate family. An assessment of the situation will be made and alternatives will be offered which are both appropriate and affordable. All employee health insurance plans include provisions for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse problems. 


LIFEMATTERS (Faculty & Staff Only)

(800) 367-7474


(818) 677-2366 –TTY (818) 677-7834


(818) 677-3666 –TTY (818) 677-3692


(818) 677-2391