TEMPO, or Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdoses, is a multi-coalition and nonprofit program to distribute naloxone and train musicians and concert venue workers to identify and prevent opioid overdoses. TEMPO has recently made waves in Nashville with a pilot program in partnership with Hikma, who makes Kloxxado, as well as ONEbox, to distribute high-tech overdose reversal first aid kits to music venues, and we at the SMART Initiative were impressed by their immediate results (they saved lives). Just a week after we extended the program in Knoxville, another life was saved at a music venue.
In this episode I interview both Dendy Jarrett, the Executive Director of Gibson Gives, about TEMPO and this program, as well as the manager of the Knoxville venue where that life was saved. Being a musician, a fan, or a venue employee in the age of fentanyl is unpredictable, and as a musician myself this project means a lot to me, personally. You don’t want to miss this one.
Hosted and produced by Jeremy Kourvelas. Original music by Blind House.