Stop Antibiotic Resistance Through Education

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"Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections."- CDC

Antibiotic resistance is only going to continue to get worse. The overuse of antibiotics and subsequent resistance can be combatted by educating the public on when antibiotics are appropriate. I am petitioning to have the signs and symptoms of viral upper respiratory infections taught in schools and an explanation of why antibiotics do not work on viruses. This should be included in the health class curriculum.



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