BSO’S SHRED-A-THON AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG “TAKE BACK” EVENT SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD
As Broward County residents are becoming more knowledgeable about identity theft and prescription drug abuse, attendance at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Shred-A-Thons and prescription drug "take back" events has skyrocketed.
More than 360 cars rolled through the dual event Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Coconut Creek Community Center, setting a record for the most attendees. The previous record was 252 cars. More than 11,760 pounds of documents were shredded Saturday, and nearly 50,000 prescription pills were collected and will be safely destroyed. The event was hosted by BSO and the Coconut Creek Police Department.
Dan Vallee, who works in the real estate and mortgage business in Broward County, was driving the 300th car. He said shredding documents is key to maintaining the integrity of his clients’ personal information.
“We don’t want anyone’s personal information to end up in the wrong hands,” Vallee said. “Just throwing documents away without shredding is the worst thing you could ever do.”
He said the process of driving into the event and having BSO employees unload the documents for shredding was simple. “It was so easy. I don’t think it took more than five minutes,” Vallee said.
The prescription drug take back program, operating under the name Operation Medicine Cabinet, allows participants to turn in unused, unwanted or expired prescription medication anonymously and receive a $5 gift card while supplies last. On Saturday, BSO employees handed out 350 gift cards. The monthly events are sponsored by BSO and the United Way Commission on Substance Abuse. Since Operation Medicine Cabinet events began, hundreds of thousands of prescription pills have been collected.
The monthly Shred-A-Thon events provide residents with a safe way to dispose of their personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and any other paperwork that contains sensitive information. Since its inception in 2008, the Shred-A-Thon has collected more than 400,000 pounds of documents and hundreds of hard drives, helping prevent identity theft. It is a joint initiative by Sheriff Al Lamberti and the Florida Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of UNISHRED and The National Association of TRIADS.
The next Shred-A-Thon and prescription drug "take back" event will be March 10 at the Professional Center at Pembroke Lakes Mall at 400 N. Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines. For more information on the Shred-A-Thon, please call (954) 321-4100. For more information about the prescription drug “take back” event or prescription drug prevention presentations, contact Jonathon Fishman at (954) 831-8902.
This report by Dani Moschella/PIO