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War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page

April 26, 2018 opioid

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War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page

With a large number of lawmakers and regulators calling for more active involvement of the Silicon Valley, Google has stepped up its contribution, boosting the combat measures against opioids in the United States. From Apr. 25, the search engine giant plans to lend support to an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – on its home page and maps.

Google announced that it would promote this national-level initiative focusing on motivating people to anonymously deposit unused medicines to a collection site by promoting it underneath its search bar to augment awareness among people. Apart from this, Google Maps will also launch a new tool that would enable users to locate a drug-collection site close by, cherry-picked from a total 5,500 locations where they can discard their unused medicines.

With effective drug disposal measures being one of the effective ways to battle opioid abuse, people are often unware of the drug collection sites where they can drop the unused medicines privately. Interestingly, users tend to search for terms like prescription drug disposal around 10,000 times a week. Therefore, as a leading technology company, Google can play an effective role in making the entire challenging task easier by increasing awareness about such sites.

Drug Take-Back Day

The DEA initiative, called National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, is a semiannual event that will be conducted first time in 2018 on Apr. 28. This time, the DEA aims to remove a record number of unused pills through this program. The event, which has continued successfully for seven years, has so far collected more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of unused, expired and unwanted prescription medications. This time, DEA will hold the 15th version of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day along with its tribal, national and community partners throughout the country. It is a free of cost and anonymous event.

“Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. The number of unused opioids or controlled drugs removed from homes is directly proportional to the number of lives saved, he said. The medicine cabinet at home is often a target for those who abuse and binge on prescription drugs. “We need the help of the public to dispose of this unwanted source of abuse. Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America,” he said.

Following the advice of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which warned people against flushing unused drugs down the toilet or throwing them in trashcans that can turn catastrophic, DEA decided to launch this initiative.

Coming back to Google, it has also offered to help the nation combat the opioid epidemic and ride out the storm to the extent possible. It might seem a precipice, yet all federal agencies, corporate entities, and Silicon Valley giants are leaving ‘no stone unturned’ to save the United States from crumbling, bludgeoned by the opioid epidemic.

Trudging toward sobriety despite odds

Although it can be fatal under severe and chronic conditions, one need not be crestfallen if a loved one is abusing prescription painkillers, benzos or stimulants. Such an event offers people an opportunity to join the battle against opioid epidemic by safely discarding dangerous prescription drugs. When fallen into the wrong hands, these drugs can be misused for recreational purposes.  Despite all odds, sobriety is possible by seeking help from a credible drug treatment center.

Our experts at Recover Mental Health can guide you to the best drug rehab treatment suitable for you or your loved one. Call our 24/7 helpline members at 866-593-2339 for further information on drug rehab in your vicinity. Alternately, you can chat online with our representative for immediate assistance.

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