Although pain relievers are prescribed to alleviate pain, some individuals find them to be the source of all their troubles—even the source of their death. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 116 Americans die from opioid-related drug overdoses each day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that opioid overdose deaths have increased over 30% in the last year, and in October 2017, the opioid crisis was declared a Public Health Emergency by the HHS Acting Secretary.
Sharps Mail Back systems are becoming more of a standard for healthcare facilities and non-healthcare facilities that may have employees or family members that self inject.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have closely monitored and tested the effects of mercury and its use in the dental industry for many years. Since the early 1990s, these agencies have been researching the link between human and environmental health issues and mercury that originated in dental offices as dental amalgam [uh-mal-gum]. Dental amalgam is a dental filling material which contains a mix of 50% mercury, plus a powder containing silver, tin, copper and other metals. It has been used for over 150 years to fill cavities caused by tooth decay in hundreds of millions of patients around the world.
There is a common misunderstanding regarding the hierarchy of regulatory authority for medical facilities and how regulatory requirements differ by state. In this blog we will cover the following:
Just like Healthcare facilities, tattoo shops, and dental offices, the Veterinary practices are also supposed to manage their waste and effectively dispose of it. The syringes used for vaccination and administration of antibiotics can cause various infections including HIV and HBV to the flurry of pet patients and pet parents sitting in the office region.
The growing concern for the accumulation of mercury in fish and its environmental consequence has led some national and local agencies to come up with strict regulations of mercury in wastewater. When talking about mercury waste, dental offices have been identified as a major contributor of causing mercury waste (in the form of dental amalgam) environmental exposure. Recognized agencies have asked the dental practices to equip their work space with dental separators to reduce the amalgam discharge, beyond those achieved through chair side traps and vacuum filters (chair side traps and vacuum pump filters often remove 40-80% of amalgam particles).