The SNADD (Sharps/Needles AND Drugs Disposal) Program of Onondaga County


  • 4-billion drug prescriptions were written in 2012 with 259 million written for opioids alone.
  • Drug-related deaths have quadrupled since 1999 with 64,000 in 2016 alone.
  • An opioid epidemic is plaguing communities throughout the nation, including ours.
  • Limited options for safe drug disposal increase the availability and accessibility of opioids in our homes and communities.
  • The general public has limited, easily accessible locations for safe disposal of hypodermic needles, lancets and other sharps used for at- home healthcare.


  • To establish a new system for proper disposal of all types of drugs as well as needles/sharps in Onondaga County. The SNADD program provides the general public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or expired drugs, including opioids and other narcotics.
  • To encourage the general public to properly dispose of sharps and drugs through a new drop-off process at participating, local law enforcement agencies, promoting safe and easy disposal and reducing accessibility and availability of dangerous drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) holds semi-annual drug take-back events. The SNADD program complements these efforts providing take back opportunities between events.


The SNADD Program is a collaboration of: the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, the Onondaga County Health Department, Upstate New York Poison Center, OCRRA, Covanta, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, REACH CNY, and Prevention Network.


The program encompasses 10 participating police departments (PDs) in Onondaga County including: Baldwinsville, Camillus, Cicero, Dewitt, Geddes, Jordan, Manlius, Marcellus, Solvay and Syracuse PDs. Most recently Onondaga County Community College and SUNY Environmental School of Forestry have agreed to install med boxes. Some PD’s and both colleges also collect sharps/needles at designated locations at their sites. The program is ongoing throughout the year. More information is available at


  • Each PD houses one receptacle to collect drugs, including narcotics.
  • Where feasible, each PD houses a separate receptacle to collect sharps/needles.
  • Receptacles are emptied and disposed of properly in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • Each police station/headquarters will be the SNADD-designated collection point for med boxes in its municipality.
  • Members of the community will be encouraged to drop off their medications/drugs and used hypodermic needles, sharps and lancets at these sites during their regular business hours.
  • The program will provide incineration of the drugs at no cost to the PD or community.