HIV Epidemic in Eastern Europe

Europe is on a mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030. Significant strides have been made in that direction, but the population is still in the midst of an epidemic. Nearly 160,000 new HIV diagnoses were reported in the WHO European Region in 2017, with over 130,000 of those diagnoses occurring in Eastern Europe alone. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe have ...
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Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease has been declared by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As of this post, there are 421 cases, including 241 deaths, attributed to this outbreak. This is the second outbreak to hit the North Kivu province this year, and this latest report comes only a week after the official declaration that the previous outbreak had ended. On November 26th, the ...
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Ecological Impacts of Improper Medical Waste Disposal

    The handling and disposal of medical waste is a reality for any dental facility, with multiple regulations in place to ensure that the ecological impact of its disposal is as minimal as possible. With over $996 billion pharmaceuticals sold worldwide annually, it’s imperative that the disposal of the resulting medical waste is handled properly and efficiently. Both medical professionals and the public are largely unaware ...
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Prescription Drug Take Back

National Take Back Day On October 27th of this year, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted its 16th National Take Back Day for prescription drugs. In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies across the nation, 914,236 lbs. (457.12 tons) of expired and unused prescription drugs were collected and properly disposed. This brings the total amount of prescription drug waste collected with this program ...
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Hazardous Waste Disposal

  In previous articles we have identified the different types of medical waste produced in dental offices and some ways of lowering the costs for the disposal of that waste. This article will address hazardous waste specifically, and the regulations surrounding its disposal. Hazardous waste can be found in any physical state; liquid, gaseous, or solid. The type of disposal depends entirely upon the physical state the waste is ...
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The Opioid Crisis: How Pills Meant to Alleviate Pain Became an American Epidemic

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, ...
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Hurricane Harvey Update: We're safe, and ready to service your needs.

To our customers: We are safe and available to you. Although our offices were also impacted by flooding and many of our staff had to be evacuated, PureWay Waste Compliance (Katy, TX) remains 100% operational and we are working with our out-of-state offices to ensure all orders get processed within 48 hours. As a waste compliance service, we will go the extra mile to assist our customers and those affected in the greater ...
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The Flint Water Crisis & What The Dental Industry Can Do To Safeguard Public Health

  What’s Happening in Flint   Although the crisis in Flint just became public this month, it actually began in April of 2014 when a state employee switched Flint’s water supply from Detroit water to Flint River water in an effort to save money. After the switch, residents noticed that the new water looked, smelled and tasted funny and started experiencing rashes, hair loss and other ailments. Unfortunately, state officials ...
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CREATING A “CULTURE OF SAFETY”

    Introduction   While all healthcare offices strive to create a safe working environment for both staff and patients alike, accidents do occasionally occur. The greatest risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens comes from accidental percutaneous (through the skin) injuries involving sharps.  The CDC estimates that approximately 600,000 injuries from accidental needle sticks occur each year.  1).  More ...
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