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Google Maps just got a brand new feature that goes way beyond navigation

Updated Sep 13th, 2019 7:01AM EDT
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Google has been adding plenty of new features to Google Maps over the year, most of them meant to improve navigation and commute experiences. The latest feature, however, is a lot more helpful than just providing directions to a new destination. Google Maps will now show users drug addiction recovery resources on the map — and yes, provide navigation data if needed.

Google Maps will display more the location of more than 83,000 recovery meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, CNET reports.

Moreover, Google Maps will also display the nearest location where people could find non-prescriptions drugs including Naloxone or Narcan that can treat overdoses. All you have to do is search for “Naloxone near me” or “Narcan near me” in the search bar of the app.

Google is also launching a new Recover Together website, The Verge said that will deliver the same addiction recovery resources, Google Maps-based search included.

The company has partnered with Recovery Resource Hub to vet the maps, and the help page won’t feature any ads.

Google said that more than 23 million Americans are in recovery, with the company having witnessed an “all-time high” of people search for recovery treatment.

The company built the tools for the 30th annual National Recovery Month, an initiative launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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