TEMPO says 56% of opioid overdoses occur in private homes, beyond the reach of medical professionals. TEMPO homes to stimulate widespread naloxone distribution to musicians, music venues, and the industries that support musicians. That way, the medication is available on hand should an overdose incident occur.
- not breathing
- blue lips and fingernails
- doesn’t respond to attempts to rouse
An eight-minute video on the TEMPO website explains how naloxone can be administered to help. “Losing even one musician to overdose is too many. Opioid abuse is real,” reads a statement on the website. “Someone you know right now is abusing opioids, and you probably don’t even know it.”
Gibson Gives is partnering with nine non-profits for the TEMPO initiative. Those founding members include Harbor Path, MusiCares, Musicians for Overdose Prevention, and Solace for Hope, as well as four additional organizations. Those include the National Harm Reduction Coalition, the Roadie Clinic, The SCARS Foundation, and Life By Music Foundation.
The new initiative will get underway in the summer 2021 concert season. A series of ‘powered by TEMPO’ programs will appear at concerts, clubs, recording studios, and other music-centric places to raise awareness about the issue.
A 2014 study about the cause of accidental death among music genres found strong correlations. Accidental deaths were attributed to 30% and 36.2% in the punk and metal genres. Accidental deaths would include opioid overdoses, which TEMPO seeks to prevent with its awareness campaign by educating musicians.