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News | Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction

Mohamed Hakim

Google is using its influence as a search giant to help fight opioid addiction in the United States.

The company has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration on a prescription drug takeback tool that uses Google Maps to help users find return locations.

Users only have to fill in their addresses or ZIP codes to get a slew of clearly identified recycling centers and similar drop facilities.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, but Google is partnering with the DEA and state governments on integrating more permanent options into Maps.

There are additional tools. Google is highlighting help options and information in its search results, including the Drug-Free Kids Parents Helpline (855-378-4373) and details of opioid addiction symptoms and treatment. Google is pouring $750,000 in matching donations to expand the Parents Helpline.