Google will now let you look up drug disposal locations on its Maps

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In this Aug. 17, 2018 photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Conn. The Sackler family’s ties to OxyContin and the painkiller’s role in the deadly opioid crisis […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Google is making it easier for people to dispose of their unwanted medications in an effort to combat the opioid crisis. 

The company teamed up with the DEA, the Department of Health and Human Services, Walgreens and state governments nationwide to make finding drug diposal locations easy. 

Representatives from HHS declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in 2017, with more than 130 people dying every day from oipiod related overdoses. That is why the company is trying to help people safely dispose of unwanted medication. 

A search on google for “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” will bring up permanent disposal locations at the nearest local pharmacy, hospital or government building.

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