Living with heroin's consequences: Nick Kristek survived overdose and coma, hopes and prays for better life - St. Augustine Health Ministries

People don’t always die from an overdose of opioids. Sometimes, like Nick Kristek, they live — and they and their families must deal with the consequences.

Nick Kristek sits in his wheelchair, waiting for someone to push him to Mass in the St. Augustine Manor chapel. Before leaving his small room at the skilled nursing facility, the 32-year-old looks at the dozen or so rosaries hanging at the head of his hospital bed. With his partly functional right hand, the only limb he’s able to use, he chooses a royal blue one, hoping an aide will get him to the chapel early enough that he can say the rosary before the service begins. read more