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Date published: 2019-09-12
Originally published: Here. Excerpt below.


And its getting homepage promo
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge
Google is launching a new website its calling Recover Together that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. The site includes Google Maps-based search for resources like recovery support meetings and pharmacies that offer Naloxone without a prescription its a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses. The new site will be linked under the search bar on Googles most valuable real estate: its home page.
The company says that its partnering with the Recovery Resource Hub to fill out its maps. Vetted sources are especially important in rehab, where scams can run rampant. Google itself ran afoul of those problems in 2017, when we reported on how rampant scams were in Googles own search results. Google cracked down, banning many rehab ads, though it allowed vetted ones back onto the Google homepage beginning in April 2018.
The new page Google is launching today wont feature ads, instead offering basic information on recovery, treatment, and prevention with links to trusted resources.
A search for rehab resources in San Francisco on Googles new site
Google used to famously refuse to put anything but a logo, a search box, and a button or two on its homepage. Thats changed in recent years, but a homepage promotion is still rare enough to be notable. Google says a link to its new site will appear underneath the search box. It says its launching in honor of the 30th annual National Recovery Month.
Even if the site is partially (or even mostly) meant as a PR move to make up for how badly it let itself get gamed by scammers in 2017, it still seems like a good starting point for people looking for help with addiction. Its certainly more useful than a Google search for rehab, which as of this writing puts three or four ads at the top before the actual search results. ...


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