Alexandria Santa Barbara is a 39-year-old mother of three from a working-class suburb of Philadelphia.
The addiction story for Santa Barbara, who goes by the name Alexis, follows a familiar course: She had been prescribed Percocet years ago to treat back pain. When the drug became unavailable, she turned to heroin. And she became hooked — not long after getting laid off from her job at a local deli.
Across the street from her, her neighbor, identified just as "J.M." in court papers, was also in the grip of an opioid addiction.