Google Alphabet will show drug disposal locations on its Map program, an attempt to help people get rid of unused opioids and prevent drug misuse.
The huge internet browsing has joined US government agencies and drug chains such as CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance to identify areas where patients can discharge the remaining medication.
Google searches such as "dropping drugs before me" will find locations of a database of 3 500 sites in seven states as part of the pilot program. That number will grow as the program expands, says Google on Thursday in a blog post.
Opioid abuse now accounts for more US or car accident or firearms, and many of the problems are derived from legally prescribed drugs used by family members or friends of patients.
By making it easier for people to get rid of unused prescription drugs safely, the company hopes to prevent them from going to the wrong hands.
The company used to make money from search advertisements that provide for the profitable captive treatment market. Prohibition of advertisements for rehabilitation centers in 2017 after criticism that it helped providers of immoral and even fake treatment to discover and exploit wealth.