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Google launches new initiative to help combat opioid crisis

Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 09:40:04-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Google is now joining the fight to help reduce opioid related overdoses.

The tech company is teaming up with the DEA, HHS, CVS and Walgreens to make sure drug disposal locations are available in Google Maps all year long. To use the feature you can type "drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” in Google maps to find drug drop off locations.

Google is starting with 3,500 locations nationwide but this is just the beginning for the pilot program. You can find the map and more information by clicking here.

The company hopes that getting people to dispose of unused medications will curb overdoses and prescription drug abuse.

"By bringing opioid disposal site information to Google Maps, Americans are only a search away from helping to address the opioid crisis. This type of consumer empowerment, providing easily accessible data, is the kind of innovation needed to improve healthcare," says Ed Simcox, HHS Chief Technology Officer.

While only 3,500 locations are available right now, they are working to add more locations in the coming months.

To learn more about how your state or business can bring more disposal locations to Google Maps and Search, contact