To the Editor:

As I was reading the Oct. 25 edition of the Manchester Journal, I was pleasantly surprised to read about the Drug Take Back Day scheduled to occur on Oct. 26 in the Manchester area.

As a result of two major neck operations in December 2002 and November 2005, I had accumulated a large number of various pain medications, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants and other similar pills.

Subsequently I had slowly been able to stop taking many of these medications.

On Oct. 26 I delivered to the Citrus Heights Police Dept. on behalf of the DEA a large bag filled with many of these outdated pills. Your article mentioned that over 371 TONS of prescription drugs had been turned in during last year's take back day. This fact certainly put into perspective just how large and effective these take back days have become, all the way from your area near the east coast of America, to my home in Citrus Heights near Sacramento, Calif. near the west coast of America.

Hopefully this DEA take back event will continue to occur in future years to keep various medications from ending up on the black market or from being dumped down toilets and ending up polluting waterways.

Bob Dern

Dorset