Steven Diamond Death – Steven Diamond, the brother to Jill Diamond, executive director of Vancouver’s Diamond Foundation has passed away. He was announced dead through social media publications. According to reports, Steven Diamond died seven years ago from a fentanyl overdose, even though he had expertise in the field of addiction. In Vancouver, the Diamond family has gained recognition for their generous charitable contributions. In honour of their late son and sibling who passed away due to an opioid overdose, they have pledged a significant $20 million donation to a substance use treatment centre in British Columbia.
Jill Diamond’s brother Steven died seven years ago from a fentanyl overdose, even though he had expertise in the field of addictions and family means to pay for treatment. A key factor in his death: the lack of a seamless model of care across Canada.
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According to Jill Diamond, the sister of Steven Diamond and executive director of Vancouver’s Diamond Foundation, her brother could have still been alive today if he had received the exceptional care offered at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In a statement, she announced that their donation to the St. Paul’s Foundation will go towards the Road to Recovery program, which aims to reduce wait times and offer patients a comprehensive range of treatment services.
The donation will be unveiled at an upcoming press conference in Vancouver, which the Diamond family is expected to attend. Jill Diamond has highlighted her brother’s selfless nature as an addiction counsellor and massage therapist, who struggled with substance abuse despite prolonged periods of sobriety. She added that Steven Diamond was one of many individuals who faced long wait times for addiction psychiatric care and unfortunately passed away due to a fentanyl overdose just one week before his appointment.
Drug Overdose Death Rates
The Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compile data on drug-related deaths that are commonly linked to fatal overdoses. This information is conveniently available through the searchable CDC Wonder database. Additionally, the NCHS offers up-to-date 12-month-ending Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts categorized by state and drug type.
The CDC also keeps track of timely data on unintentional and undetermined-intent drug overdose deaths in participating jurisdictions via the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). Moreover, the CDC maintains a reporting system called Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE) which provides analogous data on nonfatal drug overdoses.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Steven Diamond.
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