Google is taking a footstep to fight against the opioid crisis. On Thursday, the company announced the news through a blog post. The fleet of organizations fighting against opioid crisis includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, CVS, Walgreens and various state governments. Google said it would work together with the communities to provide drug disposal locations throughout the year. The tech giant will start labeling places where people can safely dispose of their prescription medicines. So users can directly search for drug disposal sites by typing – “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal”.
The move comes after Google noticed a large number of searches for the term – medical disposure near me. As per the CDC, in the U.S. more than a hundred people die every day due to opioid overdose. Dane Glasglow, Google Maps’ vice president of product, stated people could get addicted to opioids within five days of use. Besides, many times people get those harmful drugs from family members and friends. He added, that the reason Google wants to help people to throw away leftover pills that are lying in their medicine drawer. The search giant said it has CVS and Walgreens location information for all fifty states. Those places include a chain network of hospitals, pharmacies, and government buildings.
Last year, in October, the President signed a bipartisan opioid bill that aims to control the situation. Walgreens and CVS Health also added hundreds more prescription returning booths to their drug outlets across the U.S. While Google intends to expand its location data to more states and places soon. The update develops upon the web-based locator it introduced last year as a part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. DEA and its partners gathered a record 1.85 million pounds of unused prescription medicines in the previous year. Google alleges that the organizations used its tool for the activity.
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