A Burnet mom is waging war against drugs in her community. She lost her son in 2011 to an overdose. Since then, a teen has also died. Wednesday, the mom held a meeting to stop the problem before more young people die.
There was an impressive turnout at the Community Center. Mom, Janet Christiansen along with police, deputies and school officials formed a group called BTX Journey.
The reason behind all of this is Christiansen's son Caleb, who died from a drug overdose at 21. Within 12 months of his passing, an 18-year-old female high school student also died. They were both using methadone.
Christiansen told a crowd of folks Wednesday that she did not want to mourn in silence, and instead tells her story in hopes of saving other families from the same fate. Those in attendance signed posters pledging their commitment to join the journey to address drugs in the community.
"I was at a loss trying to rescuse Caleb. For me it was too little too late, but for others it may be a life-saving measure. That's what we're happy about," Christiansen said.
A man named Joe Daniel Sosa was sentenced on April 19 to 15 years in prison for delivering methadone to Caleb. Police are still investigating who sold drugs to the 18-year-old who died.