Put down the pill bottle and back away slowly. Aha! What’s this? Expired antibiotics? You’re in big trouble, buddy.
Actually we all are. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are everywhere, swarming over hospital towel-racks and bedsteads and heading right for our soft bits when we’re already feeling sick. Nature is, proverbially, short of mercy. But we’re making the problem way worse by misusing what were once “miracle drugs,” but have somehow become “whiny entitlement drugs.”
Look at this new study conducted for the Public Health Agency of Canada. According to Tuesday’s Citizen, the study “found almost one in three Canadians either wrongly believes antibiotics are effective against colds or doesn’t know if they are. Only 44 per cent know antibiotics kill bacteria, but not viruses. Close to half incorrectly think recent use of an antibiotic protects against reinfection or don’t know whether it does … one in 10 Canadians has used leftover antibiotics from old prescriptions belonging to them or someone else.”
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