The Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program takes aim at one of the unsung drivers of the nation’s substance use epidemic—unused prescription medications that fill American medicine cabinets—by aligning state and local efforts to dispose of drugs with successful federal initiatives such as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The program is enabling eight sites nationwide to purchase drug disposal and collection equipment so they can safely dispose of both prescription medications and controlled substances in compliance with DEA and other federal guidance.
By enlisting local partners such as law enforcement agencies, first responders, service providers, and pharmacies in their efforts, the sites will work to ensure maximum community buy-in and sustainability. The projects will feature leadership groups comprising public safety and public health partners dedicated to making safe drug storage and disposal a high public priority, as well as public education campaigns designed to raise community awareness of their efforts.
The new program is grounded in the reality that the United States is awash with unused and undisposed prescription drugs: At least 40 percent of prescription medications are not completely used and are likely to remain inside the home, where insecure storage poses serious risks to vulnerable populations such as children, adolescents, and individuals with substance use disorders.
In the face of this challenge, drug take-back programs have emerged as an effective strategy for safe disposal. The DEA launched National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2010 to engage Americans actively in the safe disposal of prescription medications with the support of both public safety and public health agencies. Since then, the program has collected nearly 13.7 million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
EMPOWERING PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS IN CITIES AND STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SAFELY DISPOSE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Morrison County residents will soon have another safe and easy way to get rid of unused and unwanted medications. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen and Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers recently collaborated in securing a $100,000 Comprehensive Secure Responsible Drug Disposal grant through the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. Funding for the grant program was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.View Announcement >
The sites will receive funding under eight micro-grants awarded through a primary grant to the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. Each of the micro-grants will allow the sites to purchase dozens of drop boxes and tens of thousands of at-home disposal pouches, then work with local law enforcement agencies following DEA guidance to oversee the safe collection and destruction of both prescription medications and controlled substances.View Announcement >
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has awarded nearly $700,000 to launch the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. This program will help eight jurisdictions across the country purchase drug disposal and collection equipment, and complements existing federal take-back efforts, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is Saturday, April 24, 2021.View Announcement >
COSSAP is taking direct aim at one of the unsung drivers of the nation’s substance use epidemic—the mountain of unused prescription medications that fill America’s medicine cabinets—in a new program that will align state and local efforts to dispose of drugs with successful federal initiatives such as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.View Resource >