Verily, Google’s sister company that researches social sciences, is set to open a rehab treatment center in Ohio as a response to the state’s opioid epidemic.
The company announced on its blog that it is launching a non-profit called OneFifteen in partnership with Kettering Health Network and Premier Health. The organization will utilize technology that will create insights on how to treat drug addicts, and how to provide preventative measures to communities.
Verily is partnering with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. to build the rehab center.
“While we believe technology can help advance the care of people living with addiction, we know it’s not a silver bullet,” Danielle Schlosser, a Senior Clinical Scientist for Verily, said in a blog post. “People living with addiction need multidimensional and easy-to-access treatment.”
Schlosser said OneFifteen’s goal to provide sustained recovery treatments for addicts is “no short-term undertaking.”
“It will require deep commitment from all of the partners and the broader community to have an impact on this complex issue,” Schlosser said.