An Auburn father who lost his son to opioid addiction is doing everything he can to help others. He runs a nonprofit called Nick’s Ride 4 Friends and thanks to a grant from the state, that organization is about to reach new levels.
It’s been four years since Joel Campagnola lost his 20-year-old son, Nick, to drug addiction. In his teens, Nick suffered from an injury in wrestling and his doctor gave him morphine.
“That is what opened up the gates. I mean he didn’t wake up one morning and say, I’m going to run five miles for wrestling, and then I’m going to go get addicted,” said Joel Campagnola, Founder of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends.
what started out with pills, turned to heroin.
Just three days after Christmas in 2015, a bag full of fentanyl and synthetic acid took his life.