By Matthew Dollard, Kara Hartnett and Rachael Long

Missouri is at the heart of the opioid epidemic, and Southeast Missouri is among the most at risk.


Every twelve minutes, the death toll of the opioid epidemic increases by one more. There were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. 66.4 percent involved opioids. 

Meet the people behind the stories.

The opioid epidemic sees no demographics, only victims. One in three families in Missouri are affected by the epidemic. See the faces and stories behind that figure.

Statistics to know.

Each day, 600 people try heroin for the first time, and 4,000 people begin to abuse painkillers in the United States.


Members of the Southeast Arrow staff contributed to this report. Reach out to them for questions/comments on The Impact Zone  special report.