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Google partners with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to combat America’s opioid epidemic

April 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Google partners with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to combat America’s opioid epidemic Photo: DEA

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Google and the feds are joining forces to help battle the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis.

In a collaborative effort with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the tech giant has launched a Google Maps locator tool developed to help individuals remove unused prescription drugs as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Susan Mollinari, Google’s Vice President of Public Policy said in a blog post this week: “The locator tool can help anyone find a place near them to safely dispose of unused prescription medications. Longer term, we’re working with the DEA and state governments like Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Michigan to gather data on year-round take-back options for future Google Maps integration.”

Google locator tool (screenshot)

As part of the program, DEA officials have classified over 5,000 locations nationwide where people can safely discard unused prescription pain medications.

Additionally, a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Google search page is providing information on quelling the raging opioid epidemic and Google.org, the tech company’s charitable arm will donate $750,000 in grants to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

The charitable donation will help provide added support to families suffering from opioid addiction and will also expand the non-profit’s Parent Helpline.

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