Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, and is threatening our ability to combat common infectious diseases and support modern medical procedures – World Health Organisation.
No one disputes the benefits of antibiotics. They have been used to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and save lives on a daily basis. Unfortunately, complacency toward the use of these life-saving drugs is leading to antibiotic resistance, meaning previously manageable infections become untreatable. This can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. So, how can we take responsibility and reduce unnecessary use?
November 12-18 was Antibiotics Awareness week. You can find out more about the World Health Organisation’s efforts here.