Funding Opportunity

Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program


The program will fund selected sites for the sole purpose of purchasing storage and disposal equipment (including traditional boxes, disposal pouches, and other innovative approaches) to allow law enforcement, first responders, and citizens to safely return and/or destroy unused medicine.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has designated the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), a training and technical assistance provider for the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP), to issue subawards for the purchase of drug take-back equipment. IIR will provide additional support to selected project sites, including hosting an inaugural project webinar and periodic planning calls.

Applicant Eligibility

Only state agencies and departments, units of local government or local agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal entities, as determined by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, may apply. These units of government may and should, in turn, coordinate with their respective communities’/jurisdictions’ multidisciplinary teams to maximize awareness about and use of the new equipment and expanded take-back opportunities.

Note: While eligible applicants may apply for funding under multiple federal sources, they may not receive more than one award for this type of initiative. For example, applicants may not receive funding from the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program and designate drug take-back activities in an application for funding from the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program.


An informational webinar was held on May 4, 2022.  A recording of the webinar is available at

Frequently Asked Questions

A document containing frequently asked questions and answers about this opportunity is available at   

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