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Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

Ian is a lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences, with an interest in the relationship between substance use and mental health (Dual Diagnosis).

Ian trained and worked as a mental health nurse in South London, working with people who had a severe mental health problem and used drugs or alcohol problematically. He joined the Department in 2004 as a lecturer. His interest in this client group has continued through his work with teams who come into contact with such clients, and also facilitating sessions in this area.

Misinformation about illicit drugs is spreading on social media – and the consequences could be dangerous

Oct 05, 2020 13:39 pm UTC| Technology

Were all familiar with the term fake news and have probably witnessed the speed at which these stories can circulate on social media. Fake news stories can be about almost any topic, but increasingly misinformation about...

Comfortably numb – why some older people turn to cannabis for pain relief

Feb 20, 2018 12:50 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But its actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis. Recent figures...

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

Nov 27, 2017 14:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But there are limitations with the way drug use is...

Drug related deaths are at their highest level in 25 years

Aug 02, 2017 17:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

According to new data from the UKs Office for National Statistics (ONS), last year saw the highest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1993. Over half of these deaths involved an opiate such as heroin....

New Home Office drug strategy, same old rhetoric

Jul 18, 2017 13:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

The Home Office has just published a new drug strategy. The last one was published by Theresa May (then home secretary) seven years ago. The world has changed a lot in that time not least for May and so have drugs and...

Cannabis isn't the health problem - it's the tobacco you mix with it

May 24, 2017 15:27 pm UTC| Health

Europe may seem like an increasingly divided continent, but there is one thing that unites its people: an obsession with using tobacco to smoke cannabis. Up to 90% of Europeans combine tobacco with cannabis, according to...

Drugs fatalities overtake car fatalities for the first time

Sep 09, 2016 10:49 am UTC| Health Life

Seven years ago, fatalities from opiates overtook fatalities due to road accidents in the US. Sadly, the same phenomenon is now playing out in England. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show...

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Economy

Starbucks Korea's Q1 earnings soar 78% to 33.6 billion won

Starbucks Korea reported a net profit of 33.6 billion won in the first quarter, jumping 77.8 percent on-year due to an increase in mobile orders and drive-thru store sales and a lower base effect. Sales surged 15...

Hyundai Motor to invest 8.1 trillion won for EV production in US by 2025

Hyundai Motor Group will invest 8.1 trillion won in the US by 2025 to produce electric vehicles, improve production facilities, and increase its presence in the smart mobility solutions area. South Koreas top automaker,...

S. Korea's logic chip capacity share expected to drop due to US expansion

South Koreas capacity share in the advanced logic chip market is likely to decline as the US attracts more global semiconductor firms to build plants on its turf, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. The...

Hyundai, Kia to suspend plant operations due to chip shortages

Hyundai Motor Co. will suspend its No. 3 and 5 Ulsan plants for several days next week while its affiliate Kia Corp. will suspend its No. 2 Sohari plant due to semiconductor shortages. Operations at the No. 5 Ulsan...

Chick-fil-A limits sauce distribution to customers due to supply chain woes

Chick-fil-A announced it will be limiting customers to one sauce cup or packet per item ordered at most of its approximately 2,600 restaurants. The chicken sandwich company said it is making adjustments to quickly solve...

Politics

Ireland's shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

For the greater part of the 20th century Ireland was marked by a culture of shame that separated thousands of women from their children, many of whom were forcibly given up for adoption. The trauma inflicted by these...

World War 3: NATO allies warn Russia amidst tensions with Ukraine

Tensions at the eastern border between Ukraine and Russia have since escalated and became a cause of concern for NATO member countries. With tensions between the two countries potentially escalating into a world war,...

Joe Biden open to passing parts of infrastructure plan without GOP support

The passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was done on party lines, with Democrats exercising their slim majority powers without a single vote of support from Republican lawmakers. In his recent interview, Biden...

Joe Biden hopes Israel - Gaza conflict to be over 'sooner than later'

The unrest in Israel and Gaza has escalated in recent days, especially among Israelis and Palestinians. Joe Biden said this week that he hopes the conflict that is ongoing could be resolved and added that Israel has the...

Kamala Harris meets with Indian-American Rep. Ami Bera to discuss India's COVID-19 crisis

India is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis in its tackling of COVID-19. This week, California Congressman Ami Bera met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss Indias crisis with the pandemic. Bera, the...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

The discovery and use of clays dates back to 30,000 years ago, making clays one of the oldest materials used in society. Clays are naturally occurring materials that were first used to make pottery and are now used...

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere likely in Asia before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa...

Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the oceans surface waters. They cant swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, phytoplankton enable life in the oceans and...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Technology

‘Mass Effect Legendary Edition’ won’t come to Xbox Game Pass anytime soon

With plenty of EA-published games made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently, it is a fair question to ask if Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be included in its library as well. However, the remastered...

Discord to launch Stage Discovery and Threads features soon

Discord has just been updated with new features, and the popular group-chatting client has more things lined up to improve users experience. Barely two weeks after the Stage Channels were launched, Discord has announced...

‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’ might not be ready for a 2021 launch

A new report claims the development of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is close to its conclusion. However, this does not necessarily mean the much-awaited sequel is launching anytime soon. Legend of Zelda: Breath...

Sony unveils new colors for PS5 DualSense controller

Sony is giving fans a chance to play their favorite video games in style with the announcement of two new colors for the PS5 DualSense controller. The color options called Midnight Black and Cosmic Red, will not launch...

Google Pixel 6 goes through design overhaul, new leak suggests

All the disappointment Google fans may have felt when not much was changed in the Pixel 5s design last year may be reversed once the Pixel 6 series arrives. A new leak suggests the upcoming phones will sport...
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