On Thursday, Google announced that this company is planning to add tools to its Maps application to help users recover from drug addiction.
Google mentioned that it is launching a new feature for its Google Maps that shows people where to go to attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings which include Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous gatherings. These meetings will be held in more than 33,000 locations, such as community centers or churches.
Google Maps is also debuting another tool that users can use it to find Naloxone which is a non-prescription drug that can treat overdoses in an emergency condition. Users can type “Naloxone near me” or “Narcan near me” into the search bar to find the drug.
Google also mentioned that more than 23 million Americans are in recovery and that this company saw an “all-time high” of people that search for recovery treatment on the Google search engine.
Google has built the tools for the National Recovery Month, which is launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The news comes as government officials and health professionals are trying to discover how they can deal with the opioid epidemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), More than 130 people die each day in the US from opioid overdoses.
Currently, Google has been under extreme scrutiny over the positive and negative effects its products could have on society and this company has been criticized for its policing of data collection practices, abuse, and disinformation on its platforms.
At the beginning of this year, Google Maps started to list places on Google Maps where people can put away unused medications. Those places include hospitals, pharmacies, and government buildings.