Lisa Marie Jones first started taking painkillers to deal with a dental surgery, but soon she was using them to manage other pain in her life. She had a disabled family member to care for and suffered from significant childhood trauma. Unlike most people dealing with addiction though, Jones had free and essentially limitless supply of opiates at her disposal. Jones was a practicing nurse.
Her addiction did not just hurt herself, it put patients at risk too. Jones worked at a Denver-based healthcare organization, and had access to their supplies of hydromorphone, morphine, and fentanyl.