Sense of Community

March, June, September, December

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters combine for 10 stories each quarter, to air the final weeks of March, June, September and December.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

“So we’re gonna go ahead and go live… Hey! How we doing?” announces David Stoecker via a Facebook Live session on February 24. There are about a dozen monitoring the feed from a digital device, while a handful of us watch Stoecker in person from inside the Springfield Recovery Community Center.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

In the Missouri capitol building in Jefferson City, Representative Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, has been trying for half a decade to get Missouri to establish a PDMP, or Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

That’s an electronic records database that would allow prescribers—doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, and anyone who can prescribe narcotics—to pull up on a screen in the exam room that shows what medicines that patient has been prescribed, and when.

Missouri is the only state where medical professionals don’t have the option of using such a database.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy as a health profession dates back to about 1950. Broadly defined, it’s the clinical use of music in a therapeutic relationship between a client and a credentialed professional to help address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. The treatment generally involves listening to, creating, singing and/or moving to music. Substance abuse treatment programs are now making use of music and art therapy.  On this edition of “Sense of Community” we’ll talk about music therapy to help treat addiction.

Jim Terry/

In this week’s “Sense of Community” series we’ve concentrated on the problem of opioid addiction in our region.  Of course, alcohol abuse is an equally pervasive problem, and you’re going to meet a recovering alcoholic here in Springfield who just celebrated his 24th year of sobriety.

Kathryn Eutsler/KSMU

"As a student group, we call ourselves ‘Students for the Passing of the Narcotics Control Act.’ Which is a really long name” (laughs).

That’s Emily Bone. She’s originally from Illinois, and is a junior majoring in social work at Evangel University.

She tells me the story of that long-named student organization while we sit outside, on her campus on a beautiful March day.

Her story starts  last fall, when Bone’ class began studying opioid abuse in Missouri.