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TechnologyGoogle Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources

12:05  12 september  2019
12:05  12 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google Maps is also debuting another tool to show users where they can find Naloxone, a non-prescription drug that can treat overdoses in an Google said more than 23 million Americans are in recovery and that the company saw an "all-time high" of people searching for recovery treatment on

Google Maps , as part of National Recovery Month, added two new features that will support people on the path to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction . The new Google Maps tools were launched alongside the Recover Together website, where the Recovery Locator Tool and Naloxone Locator

Google on Thursday said it's adding tools to its Maps app to help people recover from drug addiction. The search giant said it launching a new feature for Google Maps that shows people where to go to attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous gatherings. The meetings take place in more than 33,000 locations, such as community centers or churches.

Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Angela Lang/CNET

Google Maps is also debuting another tool to show users where they can find Naloxone, a non-prescription drug that can treat overdoses in an emergency situation. People can find the drug if they type "Naloxone near me" or "Narcan near me" into the search bar.

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Google wants to make it even easier than doing a Google search to find drug addiction recovery resources .

Google announced on Thursday that it is adding tools to its app to help people recover from drug addiction . The search giant announced that it has launched a new feature for Google Maps that will show people where they can participate in more than 83,000 recovery meetings

Google said more than 23 million Americans are in recovery and that the company saw an "all-time high" of people searching for recovery treatment on the company's search engine.

Google built the tools for National Recovery Month, an initiative launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The news comes as health professionals and government officials try to figure out how to deal with the opioid epidemic. More than 130 people die each day in the US from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google Maps will help people find recovery treatment. Google

Meanwhile, the tech industry has been under intense scrutiny over the positive and negative effects its products could have on society. Google has been criticized for its policing of disinformation, data collection practices and abuse on its platforms.

Earlier this year, Google Maps begin listing places on Google Maps where people can discard unused medications. Those places include pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings.

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New Google Maps feature makes exploring your destinations even easier .
We’re used to seeing Google Maps updates regularly, and most of them are significant additions to the navigation app, like the incognito mode, augmented reality directions, or Waze-like crowdsourced incident reports. Others features are smaller in scope, but nonetheless important to some users, like seeing images with iconic dishes from restaurants in a specific area, or information about how crowded the next train or bus might be. Google has released a brand new Maps feature that falls into that second category, but this small feature has the potential of improving your sightseeing experiences going forward.

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