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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

S. Korea to invest 10 trillion won into smart city project, create 150,000 jobs by 2025

The South Korean government will invest 10 trillion won into a smart city project and create more than 150,000 jobs by 2025, as the country aims to become a global leader in the New Deal initiative. According to...

China’s super-rich got $1.5 trillion richer during pandemic

Chinas super-rich earned $1.5 trillion in 2020, more than the past five years combined, due to the popularity of e-commerce and gaming boomed during lockdowns. An extra 257 people also joined the billionaire club in...

Japan, China may restart mutual business travel in Oct.

Japan and China may restart its two-way business travel for both short- and long-term businesspeople as they seek to revive their economies. Around 9.59 million Chinese visited Japan in 2019, including about 370,000...

Australian weekly consumer sentiment rises for seventh consecutive week

Australian weekly confidence rose for the seventh consecutive week. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian consumer sentiment index rose 0.4 percent. A solid rise of 5.8 percent in Time to buy a household item underpinned the...

New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports and taking reciprocal measures toward countries or regions that abuse export controls and threaten its national security and interests. Export controls under the...

Politics

Joe Biden endorsement: Six commerce secretaries endorse former VP's presidential bid

Former vice president Joe Biden is set to participate in the last presidential debate with Donald Trump just less than two weeks away from the November elections. The Democratic candidate has since received a slew of...

Ivanka Trump talks about her father Donald Trump's use of social media at Florida campaign event

Florida is one of the key states that Donald Trump needs to win over to get elected for a second term in the presidency. With his daughter Ivanka Trump on the campaign trail, she recently brought up her fathers use of...

Melania Trump revelation: 2018 recording reveals FLOTUS' reaction to Vogue choosing Beyonce for cover

First lady Melania Trump is known for being a former fashion model, so it comes as no surprise that she would view the industry differently especially in publications like Vogue. Mrs. Trumps former friend and aide...

Donald Trump blasted: Over 700 Economists warn against POTUS' reelection

Donald Trump often touts the countrys economic status in his reelection campaign. However, over 700 known economists have said otherwise, warning against voting for Trump to win a second term. Hundreds of economists,...

Science

NASA to announce Moon-related discovery next week

NASA has plans to return to the Moon in a few years time through the Artemis space program, in the hopes of sending the next man and the first woman on the lunar surface. The agency has revealed that it will be unveiling...

NASA revelation: Declassified report revealed strange incident during Apollo 10 mission

NASA is currently in the midst of preparing for its upcoming mission to the Moon under the Artemis program, following the successful Apollo space program decades before. From the many stories behind the scenes during the...

Asteroid news: NASA runs yearly drills for planetary defense in case of possible space rock collisions

With certain asteroids, such as the rock that marked the decline of the dinosaurs millions of years ago, posing a threat to Earth because of their size, the need for planetary defense has become a priority for agencies...

Asteroid warning: Neil Degrasse Tyson says a 'refrigerator-sized' asteroid will pass by Earth on November 2

Some asteroids have approached Earth at very close distances, some even getting past the Moon. Renowned scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson has warned one particular asteroid that will be approaching Earth at an incredibly close...

Technology

PlayStation 5: Sony may delay the launch in Southeast Asia; Here are the countries that offer the cheapest PS5 price

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month but gamers or people in Southeast Asia who are looking forward to the launch date may be disappointed to know that they may not be included in this schedule. This is because it was...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch debut gains 426,000 peak viewership

Twitch welcomed a new, already-popular streamer on Wednesday as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined the platform. More than 400,000 viewers tuned in throughout her first stream where she played Among Us...

Phil Spencer: No ‘The Elder Scrolls 6’ launch on PlayStation won't prevent 'recoup' of $7.5 billion ZeniMax acquisition

The year 2020 has been full of surprises, and that rings true for the video game industry as well. Microsoft broke the internet after announcing its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including...

Netflix free ‘StreamFest’ weekend kicks off in India on Dec. 4

Netflix is trying new ways to attract new monthly subscribers to its online media streaming platform, and one promo that has been confirmed is called StreamFest. It appears to let non-subscribers to enjoy Netflixs full...
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