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The device of public inquiry and how it relates to public participation in the development of policy. A description and analysis of a public inquiry including purpose and essential elements. An explication of the process of public inquiry. The role of the media. The social function of a public inquiry; identification of the issues; fact finding; establishing frameworks for policies. A description of the specific public inquiry into the rising use of drugs, with statistics. Analysis of the inquiry. Limitations and problems with the inquiry into drugs and society. Some moral dilemmas.