Google Maps adds tools to help locate addiction recovery services

Google announced Sept. 12 that it's developing tools for its Maps app that will help users find recovery and treatment centers for substance abuse and addiction, according to a company blog post.

The Google Maps recovery locator tool will show more than 83,000 recovery support meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Narcotics Anonymous. To access the function, users need to enter their current location or their preferred area to view a list of more than 33,000 locations offering services.  

An additional tool, called the naloxone locator tool, shows locations where naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal drug, is offered without needing a prescription. The resource already includes 20,000 pharmacies, including CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens, in all 50 states, and to access the directory, users need to type "naloxone near me" or "Narcan near me" in the search bar.

Google also launched a new website, Recover Together, which offers resources for individuals struggling with drug addiction, including its recovery resources map.

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