As part of its TEMPO program, Gibson Gives, the charitable arm of Gibson Instruments, will provide 72+ live music venues in the Nashville, TN metro area with ONEboxTM opioid emergency response kits, which contain two doses of the opioid-reversal medication Naloxone (Kloxxado®). At the Gibson Garage in downtown Nashville, the new life-saving TEMPO Nashville Live Music Venue Program–in partnership with Metro Nashville Police Department–was announced earlier today, Thursday, January 26.
Gibson Gives’ TEMPO program (Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdose) is a partnership of 12 music-industry related non-profits across the U.S. including MusiCares, The Scars Foundation, The Roadie Clinic, Sandgaard Foundation, Sims Foundation, Harbor Path, Musicians For Overdose Prevention, Life By Music, Passenger Recovery, National Harm Reduction, and Solace For Hope which provide life-saving training for using Naloxone (Kloxxado®)–to prevent/reverse opioid overdoses–and offer a network for recovery from opioid addiction.
The TEMPO Nashville Live Music Venue program has created easy access for life-saving Naloxone (Kloxxado®) to be readily available inside music venues and clubs via the ONEboxTM, allowing them to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives. The program has been training musicians, crew members, music industry professionals, and non-profit organizations in how to administer Kloxxado®.
“Gibson Gives and TEMPO are proud to partner with live music venues across Nashville to provide free access to life-saving Naloxone (Kloxxado®) for music fans in our city,” says Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director, Gibson Gives. “Following our announcement of Hikma’s $1 million dollar donation of Naloxone (Kloxxado®) to the TEMPO program in late 2022, the Tennessee Department of Health CDC Foundation Overdose Response Strategy in TN, and the Metro Police Department reached out to help create an impactful opioid overdose awareness campaign for the city of Nashville concentrating on the areas most affected. We thank them and ONEbox for helping us bring this life-saving program inside our live music venues, so that every music fan can safely enjoy their favorite artists across Music City, Nashville.”
“This partnership is exactly what we need. As a musician and fan, I know how vital it is that we get lifesaving Naloxone in proximity to the largest groups of people, as well as to known populations in danger. This endeavor accomplishes BOTH in a big way,” says Joe Murphy, Founder and CEO, ONEbox.
“Drug overdoses caused by fentanyl are now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45,” adds Dr. Susan Bissett, President of the Drug Intervention Institute, and Distributor of ONEbox™. “We are pleased that TEMPO understands the need for Naloxone training and access for populations most at-risk for overdose.”
It comes at a time when musicians are touring again and festivals and concerts are in full swing after the COVID shutdown. Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have reached an all-time high (CDC, Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 annually), so awareness is critical now more than ever. Naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses and helps save lives, is a safe, effective, and easy to administer medication that can prevent these overdose deaths.
72+ Nashville live music venues are currently participating in the TEMPO Nashville Live Music Venue program, along with many other legacy venues in the Nashville metro area.
ONEbox™ (Opioid Naloxone Emergency Box) is a self-contained, video-enabled opioid overdose rescue response first aid kit which contains two doses of the opioid reversal medication Naloxone (Kloxxado®), along with personal protective equipment and video instruction (in English and Spanish) that are activated when ONEbox™ is opened. ONEbox™ was invented by West Virginia native and entrepreneur, Joe Murphy who created the box after seeing the devastation the opioid crisis caused in his hometown community.
About Gibson Gives:
For 130 years, the iconic, American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3) is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. Gibson Gives believes investing in music education will yield better people, better leaders, and a better world. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.
Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdose (TEMPO) is an overdose prevention program focused on harm reduction and naloxone distribution for musicians, music venues, and the industries that support musicians, i.e.: Tour Bus Providers, Cartage Companies, Lighting and Rigging Companies, Rehearsal Facilities, and Venues. We are working to create a network of music focused non-profits who have joined forces to promote the TEMPO mission. For more information, visit: www.tempomission.org.
The ONEbox™ is managed and distributed by the Drug Intervention Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charleston, West Virginia with the mission of reducing overdose deaths. The Institute has provided some of the product for this project through private grant funding. For more information, visit: https://www.wvdii.org/onebox.
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