Jurisdictions Get Help from BJA with Drug Disposal

May 19, 2021 — The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance recently 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.

While the opioid epidemic has dominated headlines, communities throughout the nation have also suffered from the widespread use of other illicit drugs. The nation’s addiction crisis is a public health emergency. It affects first responders as well as the criminal justice, child welfare, and behavioral health systems. Responding effectively to this public health and public safety crisis is one of the Justice Department’s top priorities.

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.

Awardees and the amount awarded:

  • Indiana Department of Health — $100,000
  • Morrison County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department — $100,000
  • Clark County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office — $94,898
  • Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Police Department — $99,774
  • Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control — $99,980
  • Orangeburg (South Carolina) Department of Public Safety — $16,490
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Dangerous Drugs Task Force — $100,000
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice — $63,755

he projects will create leadership groups comprised of public safety and public health partners dedicated to making safe drug storage and disposal a year-round high public priority, and will promote public education campaigns in conjunction with drug take-back events.

This initiative is funded by BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program. COSSAP provides financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants and other drugs.

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research, BJA’s COSSAP’s training and technical assistance provider, will administer the award on behalf of BJA. For more information, please visit https://cossapresources.org/.

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