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    Frisco Family Fights Drug Battle in Austin

    After losing their teenage son in 2013, a Frisco family is reaching out to Texas lawmakers to inspire change. The Browns are supporting five pieces of legislation in the Texas Senate meant to crack down on the use and distribution of synthetic drugs (Published Thursday, March 12, 2015)

    A Frisco family is supporting five bills in the Texas Senate meant to crack down on the production, distribution and use of synthetic drugs.

    It’s been more than a year since Eric Brown lost his 15-year-old son Montana.

    The family says Montana and his brothers thought they were experimenting with LSD, but the drug they were sold was a much more potent synthetic drug, called an 25I-NBOMe, known on the street as an “n-bomb”.

    Montana died from toxic levels of the “n-bomb” chemicals in his system.

    “It’s happening to good kids all over our state,” said Eric Brown. “I’m happy for those who are listening down in Austin.”

    On Tuesday, Brown spoke before a Texas Senate committee, giving his support for five different pieces of legislation.

    Senate bills 172 and 173 authored by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) seek to stay one step ahead of drug manufacturers, targeting the building blocks of synthetic drugs by making them illegal across the board.

    Her legislation would also classify synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances.

    While speaking to the committee, Brown clutched the picture of Montana that normally sits on his family’s mantle, hoping putting a face to the issue would help sway lawmakers.

    The Browns looked on as State Sen. Van Taylor (R- Plano) signed his support for “Montana’s Law”, proposed to give the governor emergency powers to schedule any new designer drugs that appear on the market as illegal.

    “You have a choice,” said Brown from his Frisco home. “Are you going to let it be a tragedy in your life or are you going to take it and make something good out of it? I just wanted to make sure Montana’s short life made a difference.”
     

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