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Dear Abby: My letter is intended for all those, young and old, who might be tempted to try cocaine.

I was 35 years old and going through a bad time in my life when someone I thought was my friend gave me some cocaine and said, "Try it. It will make you feel better."I should have known better. At a young age, I had worked at the New Hampshire State Hospital and saw for myself what drugs do to people. However, I was feeling low and thought, "Well, once won't hurt."

Let me tell you what happened to me. I lost a good-paying job with General Electric. I sold everything I owned. Then I sank so low I started stealing from friends, family and strangers to support my habit.

I lost my beautiful home, all respect for myself, and the respect of my children and grandchildren.

I am now in prison for the second time and will be doing a lot of time for theft and selling illegal substances.

Please print this. It might help all those people who think a little cocaine can't hurt. And send me a copy in care of the New Hampshire State Prison in Goffstown, N.H. Please use my name.

- Mrs. Elizabeth Hill

Dear Mrs. Hill: It is unfortunate that you will never know how many people (young and old) you have helped because you had the courage to write this letter. God bless you.

Dear Abby: This is for the "T.J. in San Diego" who asked what she should say to people who told her she would be much better-looking without her glasses.

I had the same problem with a family friend years ago. Every time he saw me, he mentioned how much prettier I would look without glasses.

One day I got so fed up, I obliged him by removing my glasses. Then I said, "I don't know if I look any better, but YOU certainly do!"

- Four Eyes in Florida

Dear Four eyes: The first time I heard that one, I kicked the slats out of my crib, but it's still a snappy comeback.

I am reminded of a college contemporary who said she liked to date guys who wore glasses because when they took them off, she knew they meant business! Read on for another response:

Dear Abby: Do you remember that little ditty, "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses," attributed to the late Dorothy Parker, American poet and short-story writer?

The late Dorothy Kilgallen, an equally witty newspaper woman who appeared on "What's My Line," countered with: "Men who seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses are asses."

- Four Eyes in Fort Worth

Dear Abby: Recently you advised against sending a gift in a box from a fancy store. It brought back a story I would like to relate:

Linda was opening her gifts at her bridal shower when she noticed a large, expensive-looking box tied with a fancy satin bow. The box had the name of a famous French fashion designer.

The gift card read: "Wear this on your wedding night and you will have a long and happy marriage. Love, Grandmother."

Eagerly, Linda opened the box - to find it was empty!

- Dean Bunn, Minneapolis

What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS, and getting along with peers and parents is in "What Every Teen Should Know." To order, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)