About this Project

The numbers are staggering. The opioid epidemic is bigger than any one of us, and affects our entire community. We are seeing too many deaths. We are seeing too many arrests. While our law enforcement and emergency medical professionals are in the fight, and our families are on the frontlines, it will take all of us to help our family and friends who wrestle with addiction and substance abuse. While raising awareness of the opioid epidemic is essential, the purpose of INTENTION INTO ACTION is to offer hope to individuals, families and our community by giving a clear path to recovery and helping turn our intentions into action.


  • In 2018, There were 19 opioid overdose deaths in Butler County.
  • There was a 36% increase in opioid overdoses from 2017 to 2018 in Butler County.
  • Over a 9 day period in 2018, there were 6 opioid drug overdose deaths in Butler County.
  • In 2018, 12% of all deaths in Butler County were opioid overdoses.
  • Since July of 2016, there has been a 70% increase in opioid related deaths in the midwest.
  • Your odds of dying by  | Car Accident:  1 in 103  | Opioid Overdose:  1 in 96
  • 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day.
  • 80% of heroin users started by misusing an opioid prescription.
  • Every 12 minutes, an American dies from an opioid overdose.
  • Addiction to prescription opioids can happen in just 5 days of use.

Our Partners

Uncut Interviews

Jason Jordan | West Side Church of God

“Throughout history, whatever has plagued society, the church has been there.” Pastor Jason Jordan of West Side Church of God in Poplar Bluff, Mo talked to us about the role of the local church in a major cultural crises like the opioid epidemic.

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Bryan Tuggle | Chris McArthur | John 3:16 Ministries

Bryan Tuggle, director of John 3:16 ministries, and Chris McArthur, director of the John 3:16 Graduate Program, joined us to talk about the process of recovering from addiction and finding help. Tuggle provides excellent insight on how to tell if someone...

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Chris Pinderski | Kay Fox | Black River Medical Center ER

As the Emergency Department Medical Director for Black River Medical Center, Dr. Chris Pindersky has seen the medical dangers of opioids first hand. In our interview with Dr. Pindersky, he spoke on what opioids are, how people get addicted to them, the...

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Danny Whiteley | Poplar Bluff Police Department

Having served as the Chief of Police for the Poplar Bluff Police Department since June 2000, and commissioned law enforcement officer since 1972, Police Chief Danny Whiteley has witnessed the increase in opioid related crimes in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In...

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Mark Dobbs | Butler County Sheriff

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs took some time to talk to us about the influx of drug related crimes in the Butler County area, the dangers of opioids, fentanyl, and carfentanyl; how opioids are getting into our community and how spending time in jail...

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Andy Moore | Butler County Coroner

“What we’ve been doing for years, obviously isn’t working, and we’re going to have to come together as a community and try to figure out what is broken, and how to fix it.” Butler County Coroner, Andy Moore, provides a very unique perspective on the opioid...

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Recovery Programs

SEMO Behavioral Health
Poplar Bluff Outpatient Office
101 South Main Street, PO Box 107
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-0107
(573) 686-5090

Family Counseling Center
3001 Warrior Ln.
Poplar Bluff, Missouri

BHG Poplar Bluff Treatment Center
1369 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
(573) 772-7937

Faith Based Recovery Programs

John 3:16 Ministries
75 Holmes Rd
Charlotte, Arkansas
(870) 799-2525

Teen Challenge Mid America
303 MATC Ln
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 335-6508

Freedom House
27791 State Highway 25
Holcomb, MO 63852
Rev. Gary and Susan Smith: (573)371-2020

Agape House
P.O. Box 1056
Paragould, AR  72451-1056

Crossroads Ministries
727 Ridge Ln
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
(573) 529-7692

Shepherd’s Fold
201 East Loeb Street
Cardwell, Missouri
(870) 450-5679

John 3:17 Ministry
2945 Jackson 120
Newport, Arkansas 72112
(870) 217-5603

Daughters of The Other Side
P. O. Box 602
Searcy, AR 72145

Recycling Grace Women’s Center
601 Apple St
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
(573) 686-3333

United Gospel Rescue Mission
421 West Pine St
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
(573) 785-4683

Restoration House
802 N Illinois St
Harrisburg, AR 72432

Weekly Recovery Meetings – Poplar Bluff

Recycling Grace 12 Step
503 Apple St
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
(573) 778-1603
Mondays: 6:00pm

Christ’s Way Recovery
Palace of Praise
1400 Herschel Bess Blvd., Poplar Bluff,  MO
Cassie and Dan King: 573-413-0796
Mondays:  6:00 PM  (Room 102)

NA New Way Group: Poplar Bluff
506 E. Pine St., Poplar Bluff, MO
Tuesdays & Saturdays:  8:00 – 9:00 PM

But God Ministries – Women’s Recovery Meeting
Fellowship of New Hope (The River of Life Building)
338 Hazel St., Poplar Bluff, MO
Laurisa Usery: (573)707-0453
Dianne Warren: (573)727-3778
Sarah Lane: (573)714-7034
Heather Andrews: (573)718-8848
Thursdays: 6:00PM

PAL – Families of Addicted Loved Ones
Recycling Grace
503 Apple St., Poplar Bluff, MO
Thursdays: 6:30PM

SEMO Victim Impact Panel
Butler County Courthouse
100 N. Main, Poplar Bluff, MO
MO Probation and Parole
Citizens Advisory Board
Amy Talley (573)778-5031
2nd Monday of the month: 6:00PM

506 East Pine, Poplar Bluff, MO
Sundays: 11:00AM
Mon, Wed, and Fri: 7:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM
Tues and Saturday: 8:00PM

Reformer’s Unanimous: Poplar Bluff
Westwood Baptist Church
419 CR 5231
Fridays:  7:00 PM

Christ Centered Recovery Group
Rombauer General Baptist Church
119 Erb St.
Saturdays:  7:00 PM

Fellowship of Acceptance: Poplar Bluff
Fellowship General Baptist
3581 N. Westwood Blvd
(on outer road by where
Bluff Honda used to be)
Thursdays:  5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner 
                    6:00 – 7:00 PM Group

Redemption Group
West Side Church of God
2807 Channon Dr., Poplar Bluff, MO
Mondays:  6:30 PM

Grace Christian Fellowship One Step
Grace Christian Fellowship Church
3200 Warrior Lane, Poplar Bluff, MO
Tuesdays:  6:00 – 7:00 PM

Celebrate Recovery: Poplar Bluff
Memorial Baptist Church
2215 South Broadway, Poplar Bluff, MO
Wednesdays:  6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
(Have light refreshments & finger food)

AA Serenity Group: Poplar Bluff
506 E. Pine St.
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Mon, Wed, Fri: 7:00 PM
Sundays:  11:00 AM

AA Unity Group: Poplar Bluff
402 Poplar St.
(One block east of Post Office)
Mondays – Saturdays:  12:00 (noon)
Sundays – Fridays:  6:00 PM

Weekly Recovery Meetings – Area

Harvest Hill Recovery: Puxico
Life Chapel Assembly of God
22443 Hwy 53, Puxico, MO
Jeff Thomas: 573-421-3533
Mondays:  7:00 PM

AA/NA: Doniphan
HWY 142, 1 mile E to “U”,
go 1 mile to gray house on right
Mondays:  7:30 PM
(General Discussion) Closed Group
Thursdays: 7:30 PM Closed Group

Celebrate Recovery: Piedmont
Trinity United Methodist Church
Hwy 34 (between Piedmont and Patterson)
Fridays:  5:30 – 6:00 PM  Dinner
               6:30 – 7:30 PM  Large Group Worship
               7:30 – 8:30 PM  Open Share Groups
               8:30 – 9:30 PM  Dessert/Fellowship

AA Serenity Group: Wappapello (Closed Group)
Little Brushy Church (rear door)
8348 State Hwy T.
Thursdays:  7:00 PM 

Restore Life’s Struggles
25 Bypass County Road 120
Malden, MO
Jon Johnson (573)281-6742
Fridays: 7:00PM

NA/AA: Greenville
Jonah’s Java on Main St.
Wednesdays:  7:00 PM

NA/AA: Williamsville
Williamsville City Hall
114 E. Main St.
Sundays:  7:00 PM

The Matthew 25 Project Outreach
Qulin 1st Assembly of God
538 D Street, Qulin, MO
DA Siebert: (573)217-1140
Thursdays: 7:00PM

New Life Struggles – United Voice of Zion
2780 N. Douglas
Malden, MO
Fridays: 4:00PM

NA/AA: Piedmont
Trinity United Methodist Church
Hwy 34 (between Piedmont and Patterson)
Sundays:  4:45 PM