File #: Int 0609-2022    Version: Name: Establishing a needle, syringe, and sharps buyback pilot program.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted (Mayor's Desk for Signature)
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction
On agenda: 8/11/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing a needle, syringe, and sharps buyback pilot program
Sponsors: Diana I. Ayala, Lincoln Restler, Julie Won, Sandy Nurse, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Rita C. Joseph, Amanda Farías, Mercedes Narcisse, Nantasha M. Williams, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Althea V. Stevens, Tiffany Cabán, Gale A. Brewer, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Shaun Abreu, Crystal Hudson, Justin L. Brannan, Chi A. Ossé, Shahana K. Hanif, Shekar Krishnan, Alexa Avilés, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Farah N. Louis, Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 24
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to establish a pilot program to offer financial incentives for the return of needles, syringes, and sharps used for non-medical consumption at locations in the 5 highest-need council districts. The bill would require DOHMH to determine eligibility for participation in the program. The bill would authorize DOHMH to set the buyback incentive, up to 20 cents per needle, syringe or sharp, with a cap of $10 per individual per day. Once implemented, the program would expire after one year and would require DOHMH to submit a report no later than six months after the program has ended that includes the name and locations of all buyback locations, the number of litter returned under the program, by location, the total amount of money disbursed, and a recommendation as to whether to make the pilot program permanent and whether to expand it. The bill would also require DOHMH to create a community-based plan of action to address the opioid epidemic in communities deemed at highest risk for opioid abuse and deaths.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 609-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 609, 3. Int. No. 609, 4. August 11, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-11-22, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 11, 2022, 7. Committee Report 9/20/22, 8. Hearing Testimony 9/20/22, 9. Hearing Transcript 9/20/22, 10. Proposed Int. No. 609-A - 11/16/22, 11. Committee Report 11/21/22, 12. Hearing Transcript 11/21/22, 13. Fiscal Impact Statement, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-22-22, 15. November 22, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda
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11/22/2022ADiana I. Ayala City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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11/21/2022*Diana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/21/2022*Diana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/21/2022*Diana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/21/2022ADiana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2022*Diana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2022*Diana I. Ayala Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/11/2022*Diana I. Ayala City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/11/2022*Diana I. Ayala City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 609-A

 

By Council Members Ayala, Restler, Won, Nurse, Gutiérrez, Joseph, Farías, Narcisse, Williams, Richardson Jordan, Stevens, Cabán, Brewer, Salamanca, Abreu, Hudson, Brannan, Ossé, Hanif, Krishnan, Avilés, Sanchez, Louis and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing a needle, syringe, and sharps buyback pilot program

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. The heading of section 17-180.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 128 for the year 2018, is amended to read as follows:

§ 17-180.1 Overdose prevention and reversal training; needle, syringe, and sharps buyback.

§ 2. Section 17-180.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 128 for the year 2018, is amended by adding new subdivisions g and h to read as follows:

g. 1. Needle, syringe, and sharps buyback pilot program. The department shall establish a needle, syringe, and sharps buyback pilot program. Such program shall offer financial incentives to individuals who collect and return needles, syringes, and sharps that were used for non-medical consumption. In implementing such program, the department shall establish at least 1 buyback location in each of the 5 highest-need council districts in the city, as determined by the department. The department shall set the amount of the buyback incentive for such program, except that such incentive shall not exceed 20 cents per needle, syringe, or sharp and shall not exceed a maximum payout of $10 per day to any individual. The department shall determine eligibility for such program and may consult with overdose prevention centers, the New York city health and hospitals corporation, or any other entity deemed relevant by the commissioner in administering such program.

2. Implementation. The pilot program shall commence no later than 30 days after the effective date of the local law that added this subdivision and conclude one year after the date such program commences. On or before the date the pilot program commences, the department shall conspicuously post on its website a list of the buyback locations included in the pilot program.

3. Report. No later than six months following the conclusion of the pilot program, the department shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council, and post conspicuously on the department’s website, a report on the pilot program established pursuant to this subdivision. Such report shall include, at a minimum, the following information:

(a) The names and addresses of all buyback locations included in the pilot program;

(b) The number of needles, syringes, and sharps returned or disposed of under the pilot program, disaggregated by buyback location;

(c) The total amount of money disbursed to individuals; and

(d) The department’s recommendation as to whether to establish a permanent buyback program and whether and how to expand such program.

h. 1. Community-based plan of action. The department, in conjunction with stakeholders, community-based organizations, providers, and all other entities deemed relevant by the commissioner, shall create a community-based plan of action to address the opioid epidemic in communities that the department deems are at highest risk for opioid abuse and overdose deaths. Such plan shall include, at a minimum:

(a) The creation of a community-based working group, which shall include relevant stakeholders and providers from each community identified by the department pursuant to this paragraph;

(b) A public awareness strategy that targets and addresses each community identified by the department pursuant to this paragraph; and

(c) Information on how and where to access opioid antagonists, as defined in subdivision a of this section, in the community.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 30 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

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LS #7353/ LS #10486

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