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Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program

Webinar

Learn more about the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program and application process in this applicant webinar recording.

Program Overview

The Challenge
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 the safety and health of vulnerable populations, such as children, adolescents, and individuals with substance use disorders. The good news is that people who are counseled about appropriate disposal methods are three times as likely to dispose of unused medication as those who receive no counseling.

In the face of a critical need to increase public awareness about proper medication disposal, drug take-back programs have emerged as an effective strategy for safe disposal. Expanding adoption of these programs nationwide represents an important opportunity to better protect American families and reduce substance misuse.

The Response
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJAis responding to this challenge by supporting state, local, and tribal drug disposal and take-back efforts. Through the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program, BJA will complement current take-back efforts, especially the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, by:

  • Increasing the amount of disposal and take-back equipment in communities and in homes.
  • Expanding disposal and take-back opportunities year-round.
  • Encouraging innovation to meet specific community needs.

The Funding Opportunity 

Solicitation Overview

  • Under this solicitation, up to eight grantees will be selected for an award of up to $100,000 each for a project period beginning on July 1, 2022, and ending on
    February 28, 2023. 
  • The program will fund selected sites for the sole purpose of purchasing drug take-back/storage and disposal equipment (including drop boxes, disposal pouches, and other innovative approaches) to allow law enforcement officers, first responders, and citizens to safely return and/or destroy unused medicine.
  • State agencies and departments, units of local government or local agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal entities are eligible to apply. These units of government will coordinate with multidisciplinary teams in their jurisdictions to maximize awareness about the equipment and expanded take-back and disposal opportunities.
  • For full details, please read the solicitation.

To Apply/Closing Date

  • The Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program application (including submission capability) is available at http://s.iir.com/Qsh3SKk2
  • The completed application and required attachments must be submitted by
    May 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., EDT.

Additional Resources

NIH NCBI, Understanding Factors That Contribute to the Disposal of Unused Opioid Medication

Publication

Journal of Pain Research article describing factors that contribute to disposal of unused opioid medication

Journal of Pain Research article describing factors that contribute to disposal of unused opioid medication, finding a need to increase patient awareness about the importance and methods of proper medication disposal

Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010

Online Resource

Text of Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010

Text of Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 allowing allows communities to establish drug take back programs so patients can safely dispose of old or unused prescription drugs

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Online Resource

DEA webpage describing National Prescription Drug Take Back activities, announcements, resources.

Webpage on Drug Enforcement Administration website describing National Prescription Drug Take Back Activities and providing site visitors information to initiate their own activities, as well as DEA press releases and other resources

U.S. FDA, Safe Disposal of Medicines: A List of Resources on How to Safely Dispose of Old or Expired Drugs

Online Resource

FDA webpage providing resources for how to dispose of old or expired drugs

Webpage on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website providing visitors with resources - videos, infographics, toolkits, articles, etc - about how to dispose of old or expired drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Online Resource

FDA webpage providing resources for how to dispose of unused medicines

Webpage on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website providing visitors with practical information about how to dispose of old or expired drugs, as well as about drug take back activities