Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP) & Medication Disposal Sites

Opioid Epidemic Information 

See below for FREE Needle & Medication Disposal Locations, and information about the 911 Good Samartin Law 

Medication Disposal

If not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter medications pose a hazard to our environment. It also increases the chance of getting into the hands of children or others who may abuse the drugs, or be unintentionally harmed by their use.

Residents are encouraged to gather unused, expired, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications and dipose of them properly by using dedicated disposal sites.

These disposal sites offer a free, safe and convenient way of proper disposal. You can go to any of these sites, dispose of the medications, and there are no questions asked.

To locate the many disposal sites, Click here.  

Needle Disposal

Through the Erie County Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP), 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 a very convenient and safe way to properly dispose of these items. Disposal kiosks are found in many pharmacies, police agencies, Community Based Organizations and Diabetes Specialty Care locations. 

To locate the many disposal sites, click here

Needle Access

Persons who are age 18 years or older may legally obtain and possess hypodermic needles and syringes through ESAP without a medical prescription.

Licensed pharmacies, health care facilities, and health care practitioners who can otherwise prescribe hypodermic needles or syringes may register with the New York State Department of Health to sell or furnish up to 10 hypodermic needles or syringes to persons 18 years of age or older.

For more information about this program, click here

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is a distribution site for limited free medical supplies, such as syringes, band aids, cotton, alcohol wipes, etc. for Erie County residents. Please call (716) 858-7695 for more information. 

New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law

The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law Protect YOU

Accidental drug overdose is the fourth leading cause of death among adults in New York. Approximately 85% of drug overdoses occur in the company of others, but often no medical assistance is sought. Now, the person who has taken an overdose, or a witness to it, will be able to seek needed health care without fear of prosecution for possession of the substance.

This Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having, or they are a witness to, a drug or alcohol overdose.  A person who in good faith seeks care for him/herself, or someone experiencing a life threatening emergency, will not be charged or prosecuted for a drug or alcohol-related offense including possession of drug paraphernalia, with some exceptions. Continue reading

For more information about any of thesr programs, please contact: 

Cheryll Moore
Medical Care Administrator 
95 Franklin St., Room 911 
Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: (716) 858-7695 
Fax: (716) 858-8701 Cheryll.Moore@erie.gov

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