It’s May 23 and on East 32nd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues in New York City, the Cutting Room is hosting an exclusive event manned by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.

While Lyman is most famous for establishing Warped back in 1995 and successfully running it all the way through 2018, the country’s longest-running touring music festival is not why he’s here tonight. Sure, everyone has gathered to support him and be part of his post-Warped future because the festival means so much to so many people, but tonight the focus is on the launch of the FEND: Full Energy No Drugs anti-opioid initiative.

If you’ve been to Warped before, you’ll know that part of the festival experience is discovering the work of  various nonprofits and philanthropic campaigns, such as Truth’s anti-tobacco movement. The presence of these groups is a result of Lyman’s dedication to making the world a better place, and now that the final year of Warped is upon us, he’s taking that mission on full-time with FEND. “Traveling the country the last few years,” Lyman starts with a sigh, “the stories always drift to opioids. I’ve always been the person [to] jump in and try [to help]…the FEND app is educational. It’s always about education to me. There’s just no education out there; we’re just starting to play catch-up now on the opioid epidemic and crisis.”

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