Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP) & Medication Disposal Sites

Medication Disposal Sites (Legal, Illegal, Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medications Accepted)

If not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter medications pose a hazard to our environment and increases the chances of getting into the hands of children or others who may abuse the drugs.

Residents are encouraged to gather unused, expired, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications and dispose 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. 

Sharps (needles & lancets) Disposal Sites

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 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. 

Find a disposal site location near you.

Syringe Access & Exchange Programs

Persons who are age 18 years or older may legally obtain and possess hypodermic needles & 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.

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.

Click for additional information and distribution sites, or call (716) 858-7695.

New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law

This law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care, or if they witness someone overdosing. Continue reading…

Additional Resources

Program Contact 

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

Frequently Requested



Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

ECDOH Locations