Drug disposal programs are said to be an effective tool in the fight against opioid abuse according to medical studies and the White House itself. Now Google wants to do its part by pinpointing 3,500 of these drop-off sites on Google Maps and via Search in a partnership with the DEA, HHS, CVS, Walgreens and state governments. If you use search terms like “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” it will display the permanent disposal locations at pharmacies, hospitals or government buildings near you. Then you go and do your thing.
Last year, Walgreens and CVS Health added hundreds of extra prescription take-back kiosks to their drugstores. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy even recommended expanding drug disposal sites. Google says that it will continue to add additional locations and statewide data to Google Maps going forward.
The update builds upon the web-based locator it unveiled last year as part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Google thinks that with this tool, the DEA and its local partners collected a record 1.85 million pounds of unused prescription drugs in 2018. Will this really help fight opioid abuse? Everyone says it does, so Google is helping and doing its part for the country.
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