In 2015 Americans were prescribed and took more than 3 billion doses of antibiotics. These modern wonder drugs have their place. But that place, according to science, should be limited. The more they’re used, the less effective they become. At least that’s a risk. And the risk can lead to or contribute to the rise of super bugs, resistant to medical treatment. That’s bad.
The drugs are actually being used less. But evidence suggests more cuts are needed. Only in dire cases are they really called for. Usually the body, sometimes with a little help, can fight off infection. And this isn’t a US problem alone; the world usage is rising – as is the incidence of drug resistant infection.