FEND (Full Energy, No Drugs) opioid prevention campaign promoted by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has teamed up with local promoters to give away concert tickets to teens who use the FEND app, owned and developed by Preventum Initiative.
Thanks in part to a grant from the state of Rhode Island, users who complete the educational program through the app before the end of September will receive rewards including FEND merchandise, vinyl bundles and free passes for shows in and around the state.
Concert promoters Mass Concerts, Bowery Presents and Live Nation have all donated tickets for shows in order to entice teens and young adults to complete the app-based program that teaches users why opioids are so addictive, how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and how to talk with a friend who is misusing drugs.
The FEND app utilizes gamification, music, streetwear and research to engage youth in learning about the opioid crisis in the United States and help them take action to roll back the epidemic that killed more than 70,000 people in 2017 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control. Lyman was the first global ambassador for the app that was launched by the Preventum Initiative and Australian tech company iPug in May of 2018.
App users will be eligible to receive pairs of tickets for shows beginning with Pinegrove’s Sept. 4 show at the Royale in Boston through Ice Nine Kills’ Nov. 30 performance at The Palladium in Worchester, Mass. Additional shows wlll include performances from Bastille, Grace Vanderwaal, PVRIS, GRiZ, The Struts and more.
The FEND app is available for download for iOS and Android devices. For more information on FEND, check out the video below.