Dr. Roger Crystal will give a presentation to Revere parents and students and the local community at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Revere auditorium, 1450 Allenford Ave.
Crystal will discuss the dangers of fentanyl and what we can do as a community to fight it. The presentation will be geared towards students and parents, and children are encouraged to attend with parents.
He is volunteering his time for the presentation, so there is no fee, but registration is required: https://forms.gle/xBaApLNmpHCZdhXMA
Crystal holds a BMedSci in physiology and a medical degree from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. He received his master’s in business from the London Business School.
Prior to his business career, Crystal worked for several years as a surgeon, specializing in ear, nose, and throat, head and neck surgery at leading institutions including Imperial College Healthcare, London and was awarded Membership of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS). He was also an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London and has authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific articles.
He is the lead inventor of the NARCAN® Nasal Spray, holding several issued patents around this product, and led its development towards FDA approval.
Crystal is frequently featured as an opioid crisis expert, including national TV appearances with prominent U.S. news media, and has testified at The White House, advising the President’s Opioid Committee.
He is the chief executive officer and President of Opiant, which is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines for addiction and drug overdose. The Company is also in development for Overdose Reversal (“OOR”), Alcohol Use Disorder (“AUD”), Opioid Use Disorder (“OUD”), and Acute Cannabinoid Overdose (“ACO”).
High-risk behaviors, that are associated with substance use disorders, have been linked to increased crime, violence, healthcare costs, and the spread of infectious diseases (such as HIV and hepatitis C).
The economic toll of substance use disorders is staggering: the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates the ‘all in’ costs at more than $740 billion annually.
Yet the societal impact of substance use disorders is even more disturbing: an estimated 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death. Incredibly, life expectancy in the United States has declined over the past two years, due in large part to a year-over-year increase in lives cut short by opioid overdose, estimated at approximately 70,000 Americans in 2022.