This Pastor Has Had 5 Funerals From Overdose Within A Week Or So Span. He Says There Has To Be An Answer

As Jefferson County faces a rash of possible overdose deaths, the effects are being felt throughout the community. A Watertown pastor knows drug overdoses all too well. A spike...

As Jefferson County faces a rash of possible overdose deaths, the effects are being felt throughout the community. A Watertown pastor knows drug overdoses all too well.

A spike in potential overdose deaths have been taking a toll on First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jeff Smith.

“I’ve done four funerals I believe within the last week or so. And, I have one tomorrow. It’s draining. Very draining,” he said.

Smith himself has been clean from heroin for more than 20 years, having though, his fair share of close calls when he was using.

“I’ve overdosed. I’ve overdosed three times,” he said.

According to county public health, there have been 10 possible overdose deaths in the county in the past two months.

Smith knows all too well the pain of losing a loved one to drugs.

Jefferson County faces a rash of possible overdose deaths, the effects are being felt throughout the community. A Watertown pastor knows drug overdoses all too well.

A spike in potential overdose deaths have been taking a toll on First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jeff Smith.

“I’ve done four funerals I believe within the last week or so. And, I have one tomorrow. It’s draining. Very draining,” he said.

Smith himself has been clean from heroin for more than 20 years, having though, his fair share of close calls when he was using.

“I’ve overdosed. I’ve overdosed three times,” he said.

According to county public health, there have been 10 possible overdose deaths in the county in the past two months.

Smith knows all too well the pain of losing a loved one to drugs.

“I’ve lost my son to a drug overdose three years ago. So, I know personally what it is to get a phone call in the middle of the night to say that one of your children, or your loved one, or somebody who has died from a drug overdose,” he said.

Smith says losing a loved one to a drug overdose is hard to come to terms with.

“First of all it’s shock. Then it’s sadness. Next thing it is, you know, they start to be a little angry about why are the drugs being distributed, and why are the drug dealers not being arrested,” he said.

Even though the recent deaths have weighed on Smith, he knows people are relying on him.

“I have to be there for the family members. That is what I’m called to do is to be there to bring comfort and hope to those who are feeling hopeless and helpless,” said Smith.

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