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Manlius woman looking out for families dealing with someone addicted to opioids

Judy Dardzinski learns how to administer the opioid overdose reversing drug Naloxone from the Manlius Fire Department. (Brett Hall/CNYCentral.)

MANLIUS, N.Y. -- At a Naloxone training session put on by the Manlius Fire Department, one woman expressed the need to do more to help families affected by the often deadly drug.

For the first time Judy Dardzinski learned how to administer naloxone, the lifesaving drug that can reverse the affects of an opioid overdose.

"I am totally taken back by how simple it is and what it can do for somebody," said Dardzinski. "More people should learn how to use it."

Dardzinski wants to do more. She's looking to form a coalition of community members who would be available to help those dealing with a family member with an addiction.

She feels that while there are many places to go for help, not everyone knows where to go.

The idea came to her after parents of a young person who passed away from an overdose explained they were overwhelmed and just didn't know where to turn.

"If enough of us have passion for it than I think we can help some of these people before they get to that state," said Dardzinski. "A support system. If someone has a disturbing situation they know they can get through it."

She is working with a group of neighbors with the YMCA with the hope of getting more people involved.

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