Google Maps introduces addiction recovery tools

Google Maps will now help people with addiction issues with new features

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The year 2019 has seen Google Maps introduce some interesting updates. They can monitor the user’s commonly used public transportation routes that guide what the restaurant’s most popular dish is. It also helps to predict how crowded a bus or train will be on a given day. And now Google Maps can help millions of lives by making addiction recovery resources more accessible.

Reports say that the update will show people where they can attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings at more than 33,000 locations including Narcotixs Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. People, who suffer from addiction can find Naloxone, which is a non-prescription drug that reverses the effects of an overdose in emergency situations. The users have to type “Naloxone near me” or “Narcan Near Me” in to the search bar to find the drug.

Such updates have come after the search results on Google revealed people were looking for recovery support more than before. This update was important considering the ongoing opioid epidemic in the US. Google Maps had earlier started listing places where people can appropriately discard the unused medications. Moreover, it also has an addiction recovery support page called as Recover Together. But the latest feature updates will surely bring the social impact of Google to another level.

The search engine builds the tools in honor of National Recovery Month this September 2019. The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month and Google Maps’ update is the need of the country to bring awareness and resources to people who are in need.

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