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Location: Grid Reference, SK
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This has been dealt with hundreds of times on these forums. Do a search. The jist of the discussions always come down to:
1. It will cost several hundred dollars - briftes alone will be $200 or $300
2. Most brifters are not compatible with direct pull (V) brakes, so you need to add either a cable-pull converter or switch to centre-pull cantilever brakes
3. The front derailleur will need to be changed for a road-compatible one as the indexing in the brifters will not work properly with the MTB style FD
Swapping to drop bars is not the only way to change your position, and the bars are not the only or most likely cause of the problem you described. If you do decide to change the bars, drop bars are not the only option. Trekking, butterfly, north road bars all come to mind as alternatives.