The opioid crisis is not breaking news. By 2015, the rise in opioid and heroin abuse had driven opioid-related overdoses to more than 33,000 (almost two-thirds of drug overdoses that year).1 In 2016, opioid overdoses rose to more than 42,000 deaths, making the opioid epidemic deadlier than the AIDS epidemic at its peak.2
The percentage of abusers choosing to inject their opioid of choice hovers around 25%. “Death rates now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, and with overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year, the crisis has led to urgent calls for action.”3 The crisis is real, and it is affecting more than its abusers.
First responders, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and correctional officers have been on the front lines of this epidemic. The dangers of needlesticks are clear – just one stick and the fear of contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV is stunningly real. Abusers are more likely to carry these bloodborne diseases, and our law enforcement faces the threat of contracting every time they perform a body or property search.
Needlestick awareness and prevention is becoming paramount for those in law enforcement and public service. The push for needlestick protection is rising, as are proper needlestick safety protocols. This is where HexArmor® leads the industry.
When needlestick protection is critical to the job, HexArmor® brings practical application experience and unrivaled technology to hand safety. HexArmor’s collection of gloves specifically designed for law enforcement are lined with SuperFabric®* brand material. SuperFabric’s unique technology blocks and deflects needle hazards keeping first responders’ hands safe. This industry-leading protective material is sewn under the palm and fingertips of HexArmor® gloves, providing needlestick protection unlike anything else on the market.
Until we have solved the challenge of opioid drug abuse, we must safeguard our first responders and public service officials, so they can continue to protect and serve.
Have questions about our needlestick protection or any of our other products? Interested in requesting a trial? Reach out to one of our Solutions Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-MYARMOR.
*SuperFabric is the registered trademark of Higher Dimensions Materials, Inc. (HDM) at 570 Hale Ave, Oakdale, MN 55128. HDM is the owner and supplier of SuperFabric Brand Materials. HexArmor is an exclusive licensee of SuperFabric Brand Material.