Loved ones mourn grandmother's overdose death

July 24, 2017 11:27 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - “I don't know where she got the drugs from and she ended up shooting up and a little boy found her between the bathroom and the kitchen,” said Nancy Doty.

Doty said her sister, 50-year-old Audra Richardson of Gloversville, died of an overdose Friday.

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Family members said Richardson's 12-year-old grandson found her in her Allen street home with a needle in her arm.

“I'm really surprised I mean because 10 and a half years ago I was in trouble with drugs with painkillers and she ended up calling the cops on me,” Doty said.

Doty mourned her sister's loss outside of Richardson's home at a vigil Monday night with loved ones who are fed up drugs in their community.

“We decided to create Neighborhoods Against Drugs,” said Reverend Hank McGrath of Heritage Ministry of New York. “And go street by street by street ensuring that the neighbors are empowered.”

McGrath urged neighbors to call police when they suspect illegal drug activity.

“Everybody doesn't just live inside their house that's your neighborhood,” McGrath said. “Take the hood back that's all.”

“We've actually had people, 3, 4 at a night, we've had to use different drugs to bring them back, and narcan and like that to bring them back and then we take them to the hospital to get them help,” said Gloversville Firefighter Bill Rowback.

Rowback, who is also an EMS responder, said he is saving people from overdoses more often these days.

“<The drug epidemic especially the heroin and the cutting of it and putting fentanyl and it, has increased.>

Doty's family is waiting for Richardson's autopsy report and while it is not clear what drug the mother of six was taking when she died, Doty suspects it was heroin.

“Her children, they’re devastated,” Doty said. “They just, they're just devastated.”

Some neighbors said they no longer let their children play outside because the drug problem has gotten so bad.

Neighborhoods Against Drugs hopes to meet with Gloversville city officials to discuss ways to address the drug epidemic.


Nia Hamm

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