Safely Dispose of Needles, Syringes and Lancets and Unused, Unneeded and Unwanted Medications
- ESAP Program
- Directory of ESAP Providers in NY State
- Substance Abuse Information
- WNY Prescription Drug Campaign
- New York State's 911 Good Samaritan Law - went into effect to address fears about a police response to an overdose. This law provides significant legal protection against criminal charge and prosecution for possession of controlled substances, as well as for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. This protection applies to both the person seeking assistance in good faith as well as to the person who has overdosed.
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 free medical supplies such as syringes, band aids, cotton, alcohol wipes, etc. For more Information, please contact Cheryll Moore 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.