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Monday, September 22 2014

Shred Event & Drug Take Back Saturday

Adapted from two Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press releases:

Protect yourself, your family, friends, and the larger community by participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and a Community Shred Event this Saturday, September 27th.  Consumers can help prevent their identities from being stolen by shredding their sensitive documents from 9AM to noon in the Guiding Star Grange Parking Lot (401 Chapman Street) and drop off unwanted medications, no questions asked, at the Greenfield Police Department from 10AM to 2PM.

Community Shred Event:

Identity theft is a burgeoning industry and personal information easily recovered from your garbage can is all that is needed to steal your identity. In 2013, American consumers reported losing over $1.6 billion to fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has ranked identity theft as its top consumer complaint for more than a dozen years.

Among the four main ways the FTC recommends consumers protect their information is storing and disposing of their personal information securely---especially Social Security numbers. (The other three ways are to know who you share information with, ask questions before deciding to share your personal information, and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.)

Documents the FTC recommends shredding include receipts, credit offers, credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements, expired charge cards, and similar documents when you don’t need them any longer.

For more information, contact Chris Geffin, program director for the NWDA’s Elders and People with Disabilities Unit, at (413) 437-5747.

Drug Take Back Day:

Seventy percent of people 12 years and older who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Because prescription drugs are legal, and can be beneficial when used as prescribed, many teens believe they are a safe way to get high.

“Unless we have secured prescription and other medications, any one of us could become inadvertent drug dealers,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.  Increasingly, in this area, young people and others who have become addicted to prescription medications are turning to heroin.  “We can get these drugs out of circulation and help curb the epidemic of drug abuse that threatens our children and communities” Sullivan said.

Residents can drop medications, including vitamins and pet medications, but NOT needles, syringes, IV bags, liquids of any type, or chemo drugs, no questions asked, at one of 16 locations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.