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SWOT analysis of conducting medication disposal programs in Wisconsin communities

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Author(s)
Maslonkowski, Christine Belland
Advisor(s)
Gloyd, Jeff; Bennie, Barbara; Duquette, R. Daniel; Wiener, James; Gilmore, Gary
Degree
MPH, Community Health Education
Date
Sep 11, 2009
Subject(s)
Drugs; Hazardous wastes -- Wisconsin -- Management; Refuse and refuse disposal -- Wisconsin -- Management; Refuse collection -- Wisconsin -- Management
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of 35 Wisconsin communities which offered 1-day medication take-back events and continuous medication programs and had contracted with the La Crosse Household Hazardous Waste Department for transportation or disposal of collected medications. A 96% response rate was achieved. This SWOT analysis was subsequently used to develop recommendations for the strategic planning of community-based medication take-back programs, to include 1-day events and continuous programs. Based on the research findings, medication programs need to ensure the safe collection of medications and include plans to provide convenient access to continuous medication disposal programs in addition to 1-day events. Research findings indicated that medication disposal program threats included the need to secure and sustain financial support and facilitate the implementation of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations.
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