National Drug Take Back Day Explained

How to Dispose of Expired Medicine


Police Station Drug Disposal



National Drug Take Back Day is on Oct. 26 and encourages people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs at approved drop-off locations.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration hosts this particular event twice-a-year, setting up temporary collection sites throughout the nation for no-questions-asked prescription drug disposal, which includes opioids.

Local drop-off sites can be found through the DEA’s website, as well as several National Drug Take Back Day PSAs. Participating is pretty simple: Know what kinds of things are acceptable to bring to a National Drug Take Back Day location and how to dispose of expired medicine. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs are accepted at each drop-off location.

What kind of things can you dispose of no-questions asked?
  • Expired prescription medicines
  • Unwanted prescribed, controlled substances
  • Vaping devices and cartridges




The last National Drug Take Back Day was in April of 2019 and saw over 6,200 sites collect 468 tons of unwanted or expired medications. 


Things that are not accepted:
  • Needles or other sharps waste
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Iodine medications
  • Illegal drugs or substances

There’s an abundance of valuable information on reducing the amount of deaths from accidental overdoses from misused medications. Test your knowledge of proper drug disposal on the DEA’s website quiz to better understand how to dispose of expired medicine.


Once you participate in National Drug Take Back Day and you drop your unwanted or expired prescription drugs off, you might wonder what happens to your expired medicine. Typically, this medicine and other prescribed controlled substances are incinerated to make sure they are completely destroyed and non-usable.


Police Station Drug Disposal Barrel Burner

A police station drug disposal barrel burner ensures that no one can accidentally come in contact with and abuse a drug or medicine that was not prescribed to them. In fact, this is National Drug Take Back Day’s aim. Law enforcement agencies often need to destroy seized drugs or evidence and must transport it away from headquarters to do so. Traveling with evidence and seized drugs is both costly and time consuming. An in-house police station drug disposal barrel burner would be a worthwhile investment for police stations needing to free up space and wanting to save money.

Our Little Helios Police Station Drug Barrel Burner is the perfect size for police station drug disposal and other law enforcement agencies drug disposal needs, allowing them to operate it at their leisure. Constructed with an optional 55-gallon stainless steel drum, back wheels, and a back blower, this system for incinerating evidence, expired medicines, and confiscated drugs is perfect for police stations and law enforcement agencies.

National Drug Take Back Day happens twice a year, but unwanted or expired medications can be dropped off at your local police station all-year long. If you’re a law enforcement agency, handling and disposing of confiscated and surrendered drugs requires the right tools.

Are you interested in our Little Helios Police Station Barrel Burner? This unit is specifically designed for police station drug disposal systems and law enforcement agencies. Our barrel burner regulations and exemptions can be found on our website, as well as information about how to use the barrel burner.

Contact us at 1-772-646-0597 and ask to speak with a barrel burner specialist today.

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