B.C.'s overdose prevention programs have 'significant deficiencies,' auditor general says

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British Columbia’s auditor general says two government programs aimed at curbing the death toll from the toxic-drug crisis were not “effectively implemented” by the province’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Ministry of Health. 

Michael Pickup’s office released a report Tuesday on the government’s overdose prevention and supervised consumption services and the first phase of the prescribed safer-supply program, launched amid a public-health emergency that has claimed more than 14,000 lives.

“In both of these audits we found significant deficiencies in the provincewide implementation of these programs,” Pickup said in a press conference. 

The audit found the ministries’ guidance didn’t include minimum

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