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Letter: Cocaine snorting

I THOUGHT I must be seeing things when I read the matter-of-fact description of coke snorting in "The Diary of Emma D May" (Real Life, 10 May). Will the Independent on Sunday soon be supporting the legalisation of this drug, too?

Letter: Bitter pill

Anyone considering taking Roaccutane for severe acne ("Skin diseases drive sufferers to suicide", 21 September) should fully understand what its side-effects are first.

Letter: Say please

I agree that arrogant service can ruin a meal ("Humiliation..." Real Life, 27 July). But please also remember that staff often have to deal with rude and arrogant customers whose demands and behaviour are unreasonable. Waiters are ordinary people. I have always found in restaurants all over the world that if I am pleasant and reasonable to the restaurant staff they will be pleasant in return. A smile and a compliment works wonders.

Letter: No pill to cure unhappiness

Sir: Andrew Brown's article "Let them eat Prozac" (5 July) was another example of ignorance about mental illness. He talks about Prozac as if it was a recreational drug that can get one high. Antidepressants relieve symptoms of clinical depression - which has nothing to do with unhappiness. Unhappiness is part of the human condition and does not respond to antidepressant drugs. People seek relief more and more from unhappiness through the use of recreational drugs, most of which are known to be dangerous. Clinical depression, however, is a potentially life-threatening illness.

Letter: Ecstatic roulette

Sir: George Howarth (letter, 28 June) asserts that "Drugs destroy lives ... taking an Ecstasy tablet is like playing Russian roulette". Is Russian roulette actually illegal?

New hormone drug to cheer flagging libido

A new hormone replacement therapy being developed by a British company could be the answer to flagging libido in middle-aged men, it was claimed yesterday, writes Magnus Grimond.

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SB alters drug tests

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Glaxo has won approval for over-the-counter sales of its best-selling drug, Zantac, in Britain. The drug, which relieves the symptoms of heartburn and dyspepsia, will be on sale within the first quarter of this year, marketed through Glaxo's alli ance with Warner Wellcome.

1m pounds drugs haul

DETECTIVES in the Cardiff area today seized a haul of amphetamine sulphate drugs with an estimated street value of around pounds 1m.

PM rules out VAT on food

Mr Major gave his most unequivocal pledge that VAT would not be put on food by saying in the Commons that he could 'conceive of no circumstances ever when food would be subject to VAT'.

Drug kit success

A company selling home testing kits which check whether children have been taken drugs such as Ecstasy said it sold 1,200 within two weeks. The kits, which test urine samples, contain small indicator discs which change colour.

Food poison fear

More than 40 people suffered food poisoning in an outbreak which may have killed a girl, two. A West Lothian dairy was the suspected source.

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