A new online platform provides resources to those battling addiction or substance-use disorder.
The platform, TechTogether.co, is a collaboration between tech leaders Google, Facebook and Twitter and the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP). CSIP is a nonprofit dedicated to consumer protection and education around online pharmacies and prescription drugs.
The collaboration, Tech Together, has been working since November 2018. The goal is to make it easier for people to find support while battling addiction and stigma.
Google and a group of nonprofit organizations are working to compile a list of online support-group options, and options for virtual meetings for people in recovery. Twitter is providing real-time engagement by encouraging those in recovery to join conversations through the use of hashtags. Facebook is offering crisis support.
“COVID-19 may have paused our everyday lives, but unfortunately addiction and substance misuse disorders persist,” Marjorie Clifton, CSIP Executive Director, said. “More than half of Americans know someone impacted by opioid misuse alone. Those in recovery or looking for resources for a family member must find new ways to cope as they face the challenge of isolation. We are committed to using our technologies to raise public awareness about addiction and recovery and are committed to making it easier for people to find help to battle addiction and stigma.”