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Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved the MED-Project drug stewardship program (the “Program”), as submitted in the Product Stewardship Plan by MED-Project LLC (the “Plan”) for the management and disposal of unwanted household generated opioids and benzodiazepine medications, as regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (the “Department”).

Enrollment in MED-Project’s Program is now open to all Law Enforcement Agencies (“LEAs”) within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to apply and receive grants for the collection and disposal of unwanted household medications.

Program Overview

LEAs may choose from one of three options as described below:

Option 1 (Funding-Only Grant):

MED-Project will provide an annual funding grant of $1300 in support of the LEA’s existing program for unwanted household medicine collection kiosk at the LEA site where unwanted medicine is collected and subsequently disposed of at a disposal site. The purpose of this grant is to pay for the collection and disposal of unwanted household medicines where the LEA directly manages the disposal of the collected medicine. MED-Project will provide $1300 to LEAs who submit a complete application between January 1, 2020, and July 1, 2020. Any complete applications received between July 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020, will receive $650. Funding grants will be renewable each year provided a new complete application is submitted.

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Option 2 (Kiosk and Funding Grant):

MED-Project will provide an unwanted medicine kiosk*** and an annual funding grant of $1300. The purpose of this grant is to pay for the collection and disposal of unwanted household medicines where the LEA directly manages the disposal of the collected medicine. MED-Project will provide $1300 to LEAs who submit a complete application between January 1, 2020, and July 1, 2020. Any complete applications received between July 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020, will receive $650. Funding grants will be renewable each year provided a new complete application is submitted.

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Option 3 (Service Grant):

MED-Project will fund up to 12 unwanted household medicine collection box and liner kits per year. All box and liner shipping and disposal is including in the service grant. MED-Project will also supply an unwanted medicine collection kiosk***. LEAs may request more than 12 box and liner kits in a year by entering into a separate, self-paid agreement with the vendor. MED-Project will apply to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the LEA for a Waiver of the Household Hazardous Waste Center Requirements for a Permanent Residential Waste Medication Collection Kiosk (“MassDEP Waiver”) in accordance with 310 CMR 30.1102. The MassDEP Waiver will be provided to the LEA. To qualify for the service grant, the LEA will operate an unwanted household medicine collection kiosk, and package and ship full unwanted household medicine collection kiosk box and liner to authorized disposal facilities.

***For Options 2-3, if the LEA has already received a kiosk via a previous grant application to MED-Project, it will not receive an additional kiosk as part of the grant option it selects and will only receive the funding or service component of the selected grant option.

Applicants accepted to participate in this stewardship program will need to accept some responsibilities and compliance with the steps listed below.

LEA Responsibilities

Accepted applicants will receive confirmation of grant approval from MED-Project. The LEA will then:

All Options:

  1. Sign certification statement to receive grant;
  2. Read and understand Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1317 - Disposal;
  3. Ensure proper placement of the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk according to Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) requirements.
  4. Ensure proper operation of the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk which includes: periodic monitoring to determine when it is full; removing and replacing the inner box and liner when full;
  5. Authorize MED-Project to verify the Employment Identification Number / Tax Identification Number of the LEA;
  6. Maintain all records as required by DEA regulations; and
  7. Follow all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Option 2 (Kiosk and Funding Grant)

  1. Receive and install the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk according to DEA requirements.

Option 3 (Service Grant):

  1. Sign agreement to receive service grant with MED-Project;
  2. Sign standard service agreement with vendor
  3. Receive and install (or request installation of) the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk according to DEA requirements and Mass DEP; and
  4. Operate the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk in accordance with the MassDEP Waiver that will be obtained by MED-Project and provided to the LEA; and
  5. Ensure proper operation of the unwanted household medicine collection kiosk which includes: periodic monitoring to determine when it is full; removing and replacing the inner box and liner when full; contacting common carrier to arrange for liner pickup; and securely storing the liner until it is retrieved by common carrier.

Vendor Responsibilities (Option 3 only)

Under the contract signed by the vendor and the LEA receiving a service grant under Option 3, the Vendor will:

  1. Provide a household medicine kiosk with signage to the LEA;
  2. Provide training and technical support to the LEA;
  3. Ship up to 12 household medicine box and liner kit(s) to the LEA each year;
  4. Provide for transport by common carrier for up to 12 sealed household medicine box and liner kit(s);
  5. Provide for destruction of up to 12 household medicine box and liner kit(s).

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating and receiving either a funding grant or service grant to support unwanted household opioids and benzodiazepine medications collection and disposal, please fill out the enrollment application.

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