Vans Warped Tour’s Kevin Lyman launched the new FEND Movement yesterday (May 24) in New York City at The Cutting Room where we had the opportunity to speak with Jacquii Burgess about the opioid epidemic and how the crisis has impacted the music community as well as how the new FEND Movement will be working to take control and stand against opioids to live a life with Full Energy, No Drugs. We also got to sit down with Executive Director of the Preventum Initiative/Fend Movement Jacquii Burgess to discuss how the initiative came about and what FEND is and how she is involved.
FEND is joining forces with the iconic Vans Warped Tour in its final year this summer. Members of the movement will be stationed at each date of the tour, talking about the safe use of opioids, how to identify and what to do in event of an overdose, and where to get help for someone dealing with addiction and how to handle a situation of opioid addictions.
Check out the full interview with Jacquii Burgess below:
What is FEND?
Combining cutting-edge tech, music, and streetwear, FEND is all about empowering you. Knowledge is power after all. The FEND app enables you to take the lead, join forces, and beat the opioid crisis. More than a campaign, FEND is a movement.
FEND will give you the facts. Our app has all the info you need to learn about opioids (and you can even win stuff as you learn). Too many people are dying or having their lives destroyed, and it’s time to take a stand – for yourself and for each other. We can’t rely on government, doctors or big pharma to fight the battle for us.
Join the Movement
Rewards and Prizes
We want 50,000 people to join the FEND movement this summer. Download the app for the chance to earn rewards and prizes as you learn about opioids. You can win tickets to the Vans Warped Tour and limited VIP experiences with your favorite bands.
The stats are pretty scary. Over the past four years, the misuse of opioids by 15-19 year olds has dramatically increased, sadly, so too have drug overdose deaths. Most of these overdose deaths are accidental, and over half are caused by prescription painkillers (opioids). Opioids are also a known gateway drug to heroin. Join the movement – let’s reverse the stats, and make a stand against opioids together.