Google Maps adds support for people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Google Maps is quickly becoming Google’s digital version of a Swiss army knife. Of course, it will give you detailed instructions to help you navigate from point “A” to point “B”, but it will also tell you what events are happening in a particular city, it will give you information on the metro, help you choose a plumber or a roofer and even more. And a new feature, announced yesterday by Google, is designed for those recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. The app now shows over 83,000 meetings, some of which are managed by Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon and SmartRecovery in over 33,000 locations. The maps will not only list these locations, but a simple touch will also provide instructions for each of the listed meetings.
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Google Maps to show the locations where Naloxone is given
Google claims to have added this information to Google Maps after search requests for “rehab near me”, “treatment of addictions near me”. And “how to help an addict” have reached their highest point. Reports say that 21 million Americans fight substance abuse. And as per the estimates, there is 1 in 14 American adults is recovering. To help drug addicts recover the strength and motivation to move forward. Google has released a series of videos that show consumers of substances that share their experiences.
In addition, Google Maps will also show the locations where Naloxone is given without a prescription. This is the opioid overdose reversal drug that has apparently saved many lives. Type “Narcan near me” or “Naloxone near me” in the search bar. And Google Maps will tell you where you can find it. If you are an addict, live with one or know one, having Naloxone in advance could be the difference between life and death. If you wait for someone to be in danger. Because of an overdose to get directions from Google Maps, it will be too late.
September is the national recovery month and Google has created a new website entitled Recover Together.