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Google Announces New Resource for Opioid Addiction Recovery

In honour of National Recovery Month this September, Google recently announced the launch of two new tools as part of their Recover Together initiative that can help individuals who are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in the United States. These tools are specifically aimed towards combating the opioid crisis that has drastically impacted many communities across North America.

Google and Addiction Recovery Resources

In the United States alone, more than 19 million Americans struggle with substance use disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that stated that more than 130 opioid-related overdoses result in death on a daily basis.

According to Google, search queries for “rehab near me,” “addiction treatment near me,” and “how to help an addict” were at an all-time high last month. This prompted them to create two new useful Google Maps tools in order to help aid people’s searches. The aim of these new features is to help in the battle against alcohol and drug addiction, specifically opioid abuse.

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Google’s New Tool for Addiction Recovery in America

The first new feature that Google introduced is the Recovery Locator Tool. Through Google Maps, users will now be able to locate more than 83,000 addiction recovery support meetings in the United States. This includes groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and SMART Recovery.

While these support groups have had a significant role in helping individuals overcome their addictions, they are not addiction treatment centres. That being said, they play an important role in providing individuals who are dealing with alcohol and drug addictions, including opioids, the resources they need in order to get sober. All users will have to do is input their address in order to be able to see where the closest meetings are being held, which includes more than 33,000 locations across the US.

Google Maps Can Now Locate Opioid Overdose-Reversal Drug

The second tool released by Google is the Naloxone Locator Tool. With so many opioid-related deaths caused by accidental overdosages, naloxone was introduced as a way to temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose. It works by blocking the effect of opioids on the brain, allowing them to breathe.

Google Maps can now let you find the closest establishment where the opioid overdose-refusal drug is available by searching “naloxone near me” or “narcan near me”—which is its alternative name. The medication is available without the need of a prescription at a wide variety of locations across the United States, as well as Canada, including local pharmacies, community agencies, shelters, outreach programs, and more. Google included in their announcement their plans to continue adding locations to further expand their already extensive list.

Like mentioned previously, naloxone is a temporary overdose solution. If you are helping someone who is showing signs of an opioid overdose call your region’s emergency line and give them naloxone.

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Can We Expect It to Come to Canada?

As of right now, the Google Maps Recovery Locator Tool and Naloxone Locator Tool is only available in the United States. However, if it does well we can assume that Google will continue to expand this new tool into other countries, Canada included. We will just have to wait and see how the new tools perform.

The Canadian Opioid Crisis

The United States is not the only country suffering from the opioid crisis. Canada has seen the devastating impacts of opioid misuse as well, affecting families and communities from all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds. The government released a report stating that just last year alone, there were 4,460 reported cases of apparent opioid related deaths, with Ontario dealing with the second highest rates in the country. It also reported that of these deaths, 94 percent were accidental.

Opioids are medications that relieve pain, such as morphine and oxycodone among others, and can be obtained through legal medical prescriptions or illegally as well. The drug affects your mood, mind, and mental processes, creating a sense of being “high,” which has led to many cases of their misuse. You can become addicted to opioids whether you’re taking them recreationally or as prescribed by your doctor.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment in Toronto

Freedom From Addiction offers comprehensive treatment plans for opioid addiction in Toronto, including opioid detox and recovery. We provide our clients with the skills and tools they will need in order to successfully complete the recovery process as well as avoid relapse in order to lead a drug free life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, our highly experienced team of medical professionals can help. Contact us today to find out more.

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