Google has joined forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to mark places on its Maps platform where individuals can securely throw away surplus prescription drugs, as declared by the search giant in its blog post.
The company mentioned that prescription drugs are an impeller of addiction to opioid and that the “greater part of misused prescription drugs is gained from friends or family, mostly from a home medicine cupboard”—something that is supported by medical surveys. As per the search giant, they teamed up with the DEA to introduce the feature previously to the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28, which is planned to stimulate individuals to take the surplus prescription to disposal locations.
In recent years, opioid deaths have escalated across the nation, with the most recent federal data demonstrating that 63,632 individuals passed away in 2016 owing to drug overdoses, with 42,249 of them entailing at least one opioid. Around 10,375 deaths were caused that year by the synthetic opioids except for methadone, which is likely to be far more potent than non-synthetic ones.
As study demonstrates several opioid users begin with prescription drugs mostly recommended by a physician, serving voluntary discarding of surplus pain medications or other prescription drugs prior to the inducement to use them strikes sounds useful. Also, it is perhaps good for the environment, considering as flushing pharmaceuticals into watercourses is a key resource of contamination (although it is recommended by the Federal Drug Administration that researchers suppose this is generally a consequence of drugs that have passed via the body). Thus, this new Google Maps facility is safe enough!
Recently, the search giant also rolled out a feature in its Maps program that makes use of landmarks—in general, fast food chains with renowned signs—as a means to make navigation easier and more natural, as several individuals give directions using noticeable landmarks instead of citing the street names.