Letters: Fear of drugs

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Sir: Once again I find myself reading uninformed and prejudiced remarks concerning the use of cannabis. Interestingly, these remarks were made not by the Bishop of Edinburgh, but by the Chief Constable of Strathclyde ("Bishop: Teach young people how to use cannabis", 17 August), who states his unsubstantiated opinion as if it were proven fact. A government-funded independent report into the use of the drug is long overdue and would prevent the perpetuation of the myths that we are subjected to via the media.

Your reporting is also misleading: could you clarify how many of the "100 drug-related deaths in Strathclyde so far this year" were directly related to the use of cannabis as opposed to other drugs? And maybe a similar statistic regarding alcohol would prove to be food for thought.