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Needle Access and Disposal & Medication Disposal

Liese Ness, MS ED, Community Coalition Coordinator
95 Franklin St., Room 952
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone:(716) 858-4752
Fax:(716) 858-8701
Safely Dispose of Needles, Syringes and Lancets and Unused, Unneeded and Unwanted Medications

Needle Access & Disposal: Through the Erie County SEAD (Syringe Expanded Access and Disposal) Project the Erie County Department of Health, along with representatives from the fields of Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, business, sanitation, law enforcement, pharmacy, spiritual, government, medicine and lay persons created a partnership to safely dispose of used needles, syringes & lancets free of charge. Disposal is now very convenient to county residents through the establishment of kiosk disposal sites in many Kmart pharmacies, health department clinic sites, Community Based Organizations and Diabetes Specialty Centers.

On January 1, 2000 the NY State Legislature instituted the Public Health Law Syringe Access Demonstration Program (ESAP) which decriminalized the selling/furnishing and possession of syringes without a physician's prescription. The Erie County Department of Health is a distribution site for limited free medical supplies such as syringes, band aids, cotton, alcohol wipes, etc. for Erie County residents.  For more Information, please contact Liese Ness at (716) 858-4752.

Medication Disposal: If not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter medications pose a hazard to our environment and risk getting into the hands of children or others who may be unintentionally harmed by their use.

Residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets, closets, junk drawers, etc. and gather unused, expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Click on the link above to find a site where medications can be disposed of free of charge with no questions asked. 

Help create a safer and healthier community by properly disposing used needles, syringes, lancets and medications.  Thank you.