Antibiotic Safety - NAPNAP

Antibiotic Safety

Put an End to Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics effectively kill bacteria and prevent bacterial infections. One of the world’s most pressing health threats, however, is antibiotic resistance, which can be caused by overuse of  antibiotic drugs. Learn more about antibiotic safety with the valuable resources below.

Viral and Bacterial Infections are Not the Same

Antibiotics can only cure infections caused by bacteria, not viruses. It is estimated that more than half of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed, commonly for cough and cold illnesses, most of which are caused by viruses.

Unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics lead to growth in antibiotic-resistant infections. According to the CDC, each year in the United States 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths were caused by antibiotic-resistant infections. Without urgent action, modern medicine will be obsolete and minor illnesses will become deadly. 

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