​Substance Abuse in Rural Wisconsin

Addiction, Drug Trends and Community Engagement

This workshop is no longer offered.


​Counties across Wisconsin are battling an ominous threat - addiction. Just when communities think they have a handle on the burden of substance abuse, old threats are reintroducted (heroin or meth), chronic threats are reimagined (new alcohol and tobacco products), and new synthetics are created (bath salts and K2). Community coalitions can be an extremely important piece of the puzzle to address the issue.

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals, social workers, members of law enforcement, human resource professionals, medical professionals, school psychologists and individuals with interest.


Presented by: Melissa Dotter

Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator

Marathon County Health Department

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Melissa Dotter has worked in public health since 2001. With more than a decade of leadership in community coalition building, she has experienced the good, the bad, and the downright ugly world of substance abuse prevention. Currently with the Marathon County Health Department, 100 percent of her time and energy is spent with the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership moving forward their mission to eliminate the misuse of alcohol and other drugs in Marathon County.




March 27, 2015
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Alumni Room
Dreyfus University Center

UW-Stevens Point


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Registration Fee: $89

Includes: Instruction, materials, and light refreshments.


Learning Objectives:

* Addiction 101

* Types and effects of various drugs

* Insight into the latest drug trends

* Growing community support to address concerns



​This workshop qualifies for .4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). It is also available for one university credit in Sociology SOC/SW 395. Review class information at:SOC or SW 395 Course Registration.
Cancellations & Substitutions:  Cancellations must be submitted in writing before March 20, 2015.  Cancellations between March 20 and March 27, 2015, will be charged a $25 processing fee. No refunds after March 27, 2015.  Materials cannot be guaranteed for last minute registrants.  Substitutions can be made at any time.  No-shows will be responsible for the full workshop fee.  For changes in registration, please contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach Customer Service at 715-346-3838 or dwilcott@uwsp.edu .