Letter: Liberty and illusion in the war on drugs

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Letter: Liberty and illusion in the war on drugs

Sir: We have a duty to the children of our country not to encourage escapism (letters, 15 February). The real abilities to deal with life's problems and insecurity come from within ourselves, from our own ability to live in reality, to face our problems.

If there is a "high" to be had, it will be one of our own making in the feeling of self-esteem that we will have and the happiness and contentment from learning about integrity, social skills, and living life fully aware, with feelings and emotions real - not the drug-induced, worthless illusion that we are something we are not.

STEPHEN GILHOOLEY

London SE27

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