Ever stopped taking a medication early? After all, the only one who gets hurt if a medication is not taken exactly as prescribed is the patient themselves, right? The answer to that question is actually an emphatic NO. A decision taken by one person can in fact hurt many. The topic of antibiotic resistance is something that affects every single person living on this planet.
There exists something called “superbugs” which are bacteria that are resistant to all kinds of antibiotics. Over half a century has passed since penicillin was discovered by Doctor Fleming; that one drug, in a variety of different forms, has saved the lives of millions of people. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics, however, has created a staph bacteria known as MRSA which can cause very serious illness and even death in a short period of time. These superbugs are extremely difficult to eradicate and are becoming an epidemic that is infecting the old, the young, the healthy, the sick, people, and animals. These bacteria have to be taken very seriously or we may shortly return to the “dark” age before the invention of antibiotics, a situation that we would not wish on our worst enemy. Read More