Burnet community unveils coordinated response to drug use


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 8:21 PM

BURNET -- Citizens in Burnet are asked to "Join the Journey" and sign a resolution to help stop drug use within the community. A new website was also launched. It's meant to highlight resources available to the community.

Janet Christiansen, co-chair of this coordinated response to drugs, lost her son to a prescription drug overdose in 2011.

"He did not recognize the danger in it. He just didn't wake up one morning," Christiansen said.
Her son was 21 years old.

Since then, a Burnet high school student has died from a heroin and methadone overdose. Fellow students decided something had to be done.
"We wanted to come together as a community to help stop the drug use in Burnet," Sophomore Caroline Wills said.

"We had a meeting with the superintendent and principal and four or five students," Junior Thomas Cromer said.

It grew from there. Cromer is among a group that designed the logo for this anti-drug movement.

He says the T is for treatment, R is for response, E for education and C for communication.

"With everyone communicating with each other about the drugs, and not putting anyone down, just trying to bring them up," said Cromer.

At this launch, the Burnet County Sheriff's Department provided pamphlets. Burnet's Chief of Police Paul Nelson says they want students to ask for help.

"The kids know we are working with them. We are not here to just attack them and say they are problem. We know that drugs are coming in from big cities like Austin and San Antonio," said Nelson. 

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