The ephedrine chemical is generally used in making various medicines however an additional 10,000 kilograms quota illegally issued seems to have been used for making ecstasy tablets. The average market price of one tablet range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500. With the 10,000 kilograms of additional quotas, several hundreds of thousands ecstasy tablets can be made thus bringing-in profits of at least Rs 7 billion. Ecstasy can cause feelings of euphoria (extreme happiness), empathy (closeness to others) and can lessen anxiety. After what the Government under Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has done to the poor masses, the PM's son Ali Musa Gilani was not all that wrong to influence the illegal trafficking of the drug for the only remedy left for the suffering people in the country is to get hooked to Ecstasy to find moments of happiness and peace.

DR. IRFAN ZAFAR,

Islamabad, April 25.