Special to Iredell Free News

The Mooresville Police Department and Iredell County Safe Kids Coalition will host a drug and syringe take-back event on Tuesday, March 19.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at HealthSmart Pharmacy, located at 594 N Main Street, Mooresville.

This initiative is designed to help the public prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs and syringes.

The public can dispose of personal prescription medications and syringes at HealthSmart Pharmacy on March 19 or drop them off at the Mooresville Police Department’s drug drop box, located at 2487 Charlotte Highway, 24 hours a day.

 Drug deactivation kits for home use, poison prevention information, and drug lock boxes will also be available at the March 19 event.

Since this initiative began in 2012, Mooresville Police Department has collected and destroyed more than 11,444 pounds of prescription drugs through take-back events and the drug drop box.