Funding Opportunity

Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program


This solicitation, issued by the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), seeks to support state, local, and tribal governments in purchasing drug take-back and disposal equipment, enabling law enforcement agencies, first responders, and/or citizens to destroy and/or return unused medicine. This program complements existing federal take-back efforts, such as National Take Back Day, and expands this important component in a community’s fight against substance abuse into a year-round opportunity.

The Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program will fund selected sites for the sole purpose of purchasing storage and disposal equipment (including traditional boxes, disposal pouches, and other innovative approaches) for drug take-back projects. State, local, and tribal governments selected through the program will be expected to coordinate their activities with multidisciplinary teams drawn from their communities in order to maximize awareness and effectiveness of their projects.

Program funding will be used to:

  • Purchase equipment necessary to implement take-back and disposal mechanisms to allow law enforcement, first responders, and citizens to safely return and/or destroy unused medicine, as described in the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 and other guidelines. This equipment can include, but is not limited to:
    • Recent innovations such as at-home disposal pouches
    • Community collection events conducted in accordance with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guidelines
    • Stationing of permanent drop boxes in law enforcement agencies
    • Similar drop box placement in other locations
    • Drug mail-back programs

Selected program sites will be expected to:

  • Develop a law enforcement- or first responder-involved project structure that ensures coordination with DEA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration drug take-back initiatives.
  • Implement a project structure that emphasizes active collaboration between public safety and public health project partners designed to ensure mutual commitment to the project’s success.
  • Collect data for performance measurement. These data should include:
    • The amount of unused or expired prescription medication gathered during the performance period.
    • The number of take-back boxes or equipment purchased and/or pouches distributed.
    • A comparison rate of overdoses (fatal and nonfatal) for two years prior to project implementation and during the project period.

By demonstrating locally generated innovations and interagency coordination, selected program sites will support the following BJA priorities:

  • Harnessing multidisciplinary partnerships, including public safety, public health, and behavioral health collaborations, to improve substance abuse practices and save lives.
  • Helping communities battle substance abuse by replicating evidence-based strategies.

Pursuant to the scope and nature of this project, applicants should demonstrate a capacity to secure law enforcement or first responder participation in drug take-back activities.

Objective and Use of Funds

Under this solicitation, up to six applicants will be selected for an eight-month award designated entirely for the purchase and/or rental of equipment necessary to implement drug take-back and/or disposal activities that enable law enforcement agencies, first responders, and/or citizens to destroy and/or return unused medicine.


Only units of government—state agencies and departments, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal entities, as determined by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior—may apply as the lead agency.  These units of government may and should, in turn, coordinate with their respective communities'/jurisdictions' multidisciplinary teams (this can include nonprofit agencies and community coalitions) to maximize awareness about and use of the new equipment and expanded take-back opportunities.

Only one entity may serve as the award recipient. The award recipient must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including managing the entire program, which includes the financial aspects/equipment purchase.

Period of Performance

The performance period is for eight months, from February 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021.

Application and Closing Date

The Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program application (including submission capability) is available at Submit the completed application and required attachments by 5:00 p.m., ET, on November 25, 2020.

Budget Detail Worksheet

The Budget Detail Worksheet is provided for your use in preparing the budget and budget narrative. All required information, including the budget narrative, must be provided. The Budget Detail Worksheet is available at

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held on November 10, 2020. The recording of the webinar is available at  A copy of the presentation is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A compilation of FAQs and responses about the solicitation, drawn from the informational webinar held on November 10, 2020, and other sources, is available at:

About IIR

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) training and technical assistance coordinating provider, is releasing this solicitation and will administer the award on behalf of BJA.  To contact IIR about this opportunity, please email, subject line: Take-Back Award.

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