Google's Commitment to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Have you heard what Google is doing to help combat the opioid crisis?

In advance of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, they’re partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration on an online locator tool that uses the Google Maps API to surface over 5K locations where people can discard unused or expired prescription drugs. They introduced the tool with DEA in April of this year, and it was used by over 50K users at that time. They’re promoting the tool on the homepage for all US users today [Friday], in advance of Saturday’s Take Back Day.

Next month, they’ll be launching an effort to promote year-round disposal options in Google Maps, with location data from several states and from Walgreens, who operates over 1000 disposal kiosks in their stores nationwide. They announced the Walgreens partnership at the opioid bill signing event at the White House on Wednesday.

Finally, they’re continuing to support families and communities coping with opioid addiction. Earlier this year, Google announced a matching grant to support a multi-year expansion of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Parent Helpline. So far, that matching grant has driven over $1M of impact, enabling the helpline to double capacity and help an additional 30,000 families. Google and YouTube also committed $5M in in-kind ads to the Ad Council and White House opioid addiction advertising campaign that began earlier this year.

You can find more about their recently announced efforts to help combat the opioid epidemic in a Google blog post. This really makes me proud. I love Mountain View.

Google Charleston East Groundbreaking

Google Charleston East Campus just broke ground this week. There were plenty of elected officials, city employees, and people from our community, and beyond, who helped make this project possible. The Chamber brought board members and ambassadors. I was thrilled to be part of it! The company that will be building the "dome" is Hathaway Dinwiddie and they are the same group that built the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco and the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. They're known for creating iconic places that everyone recognizes and loves.

This building will be the front door to Google, and we would expect nothing less than fabulous. I'm so exciting to be able to watch this project from the ground up. By the way, this is Google's first "from the ground up" building in our community. There will be about 600 construction workers working on the building.

To read more about this project, you might want to check out this article. That article has some gorgeous renderings of the completed building. In the mean time, please enjoy these photos that I took on a cool, windy day, on an empty lot, where two years from now, there will be something spectacular for all of us to enjoy. Thank you Google.