Google Adds Local Prescription Drug Disposal Locations

Prescription drug disposal locations search results near Sacramento, California.
Image: Google Maps Screengrab

Local prescription drug disposal locations are now available in Google Maps and appear in search results. More data is needed from states and public health bodies.

Google Maps and Search is now showing local results for permanent unused prescription drug disposal locations at pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings.

Combining data on prescription drug disposal locations was inspired by a winning entry at the federal Opioid Code-A-Thon held in 2018, said Dane Glasgow, on Google’s blog.

Last month, we saw that search queries for ‘medication disposal near me’ reached an all-time high on Google,” wrote Glasgow.

In 2018, Google partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for National Prescription Take Back Days by developing a locator tool for the temporary locations.

To develop the new, permanent feature Google is working with the DEA and federal agencies, pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS Health and state governments in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania that are contributing public and private disposal location data.

States and businesses can share prescription drug disposal location data for Google Maps and Search by contacting RXdisposal-data@google.com.

Read the original post on Google’s blog.

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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is Editor of EfficientGov.com and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.