“Beats Overdose and the Minneapolis hip-hop label Rhymesayers have met with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to advocate for more clarity on naloxone from the federal government, under the aegis of a newly formed advocacy group they call Coalition for Overdose Solutions in the Music Industry and Community, or COSMIC. The organization is calling on the Department of Justice to issue an opinion that clears private businesses of legal liability for offering overdose prevention services. “In music we talk about, ‘Oh, this song saved my life last night,’” says Nikki Jean, director of social responsibility at Rhymesayers. “But in this initiative, we can literally, not figuratively, prevent and reverse overdoses. And that’s really a worthwhile way to spend some time.”

How the Music Community Is Fighting the Drug Overdose Epidemic