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Sharps Needles and Drug Disposal Program (SNADD)


Update: As of March 2023, the Sharps Needles and Drug Disposal Program (SNADD) in Onondaga County has transitioned to a new state-wide effort. This was approved by the New York State Department of Health as the result of many years of planning. Two New York State approved vendors, Inmar Rx Solutions, Inc. and MED-Project, LLC., will now collect and dispose of medications with medication boxes located at both pharmacies and police departments. Learn more here.

SNADD was a program in Onondaga County that offered a solution for the safe disposal of household medications. As a joint effort, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, Onondaga County Health Department, Upstate New York Poison Center, Covanta, OCRRA, REACH CNY, Prevention Network, the Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, and others joined together for more than seven years with local participating police departments to install medicine drop boxes at their facilities. Police departments will still act as collection sites for both over-the-counter and prescription medications. The goal has always been to reduce the availability of all drugs in the home, especially more dangerous drugs such as pain medications. This program helped to reduce the risk of ingestion, exposure, and abuse of drugs in our communities. We welcome the new change in 2023.