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Former Green Bay Packer Chester Marcol will be a keynote speaker from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the 30th annual National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
The conference began Sunday and runs through Thursday, June 12, in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Marcol will speak about his career and struggles with alcohol and drugs. He was a placekicker for the Packers from 1972 to 1980. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice and All-Pro first-team twice. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1987.
Marcol's presentation is free and open to the public.
The institute is the only national program to address the challenges of alcohol and other drug abuse in rural communities. Key professionals from throughout the U.S. will highlight the latest evidence-based practices for the improvement of rural services for addiction treatment and for prevention of substance-use disorders.
Conference sessions include intensive study tracks, miniworkshops and special topics on current, innovative and emerging topics.
The conference is presented by the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network and UW-Stout's Professional Education Programs and Services. It also is sponsored by Scaife Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Justice — Bureau of Justice Assistance; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Association of Drug Court Professionals; and the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.