The Visionists Behind Google’s Opioid Tool

At Visionist, Inc. we believe that combining data and technology in innovative ways can truly save lives. In December 2017, a team of Visionists attended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Opioid Code-a-thon to help HHS find new ways to address the opioid crisis. Our solution, TakeBack America ( was designed to eliminate barriers to safe drug disposal by making it easier for members of the public to find safe disposal locations near them. TakeBack was selected as one of three winning solutions from over 50 entries by a panel of judges from HHS, Stanford Medicine, and others.
Over this past year, we continued to develop TakeBack in partnership with HHS. In September, we were asked by Google to help transition TakeBack to Google’s Maps and Search platforms. Today, we can finally announce the release of this new tool to the broader public. We are honored that both Google and HHS saw TakeBack’s unique value and appreciated getting to work with both groups over this past year to scale TakeBack to a national audience. We believe this new tool will be an invaluable resource in our nation’s fight against the opioid epidemic.

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