BURNET, Texas (KXAN) - Janet Christiansen fills with emotions every time she looks at pictures of her son Caleb.
"He was a wonderful, obedient child all his life," Christiansen said. "He was very involved in his church, loved the lord."
But as the years passed, Caleb started experimenting with drugs and eventually it caught up with him. He died from a drug overdose of methadone in Dec. 2011. His mother says this tragedy should never have happened.
"There are other kids that have been lost since Caleb in this Hill Country area," Christiansen added. "We have to wake up as parents and as communities and recognize and acknowledge the problem and find out solutions to save our kids."
Caleb's death was the genesis that led to a gathering Wednesday in Burnet, as hundreds of area residents joined forces on a mission to address the drug abuse issue in this small town.
The school superintendent says he's 100 percent behind the movement .
"We want to recognize the fact that this drug issue does impact our community," Keith McBurnett said. "We want to proactively address the issue so that no family has to go through the loss of a young person again."
Police Chief Paul Nelson says locals can help by just keeping their eyes wide open to unusual activities.
"Everybody thinks this is a small town," said Nelson, "and it is, but we do have big town crime."
Monday's meeting was meant to bring awareness to the problem, but Christiansen hopes it will lead to an eventual end of the town's drug problem.
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