The National Safety Council reports that at some point during the past three years Americans became more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. This appears to be the first time in our nation’s history (since the development of the automobile) that this is the case.
For example, more than 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017. Over 47,000, or 65%, of those deaths involved opioids. More than 2 million Americans reportedly suffer from an opioid use disorder (OUD). As with any other societal trend, the metal forging community cannot escape the impacts of opioid use, but your business may find the following information and potential actions beneficial.
Check out the October 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on "Fever Screening and Forging Quality". Other features include "Forging with Hybrid Steel", "FutureForge in Scotland: The Goldilocks Effect", and much more.