Essay on Are Antibiotics Killing Us?

1512 Words Nov 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Are Antibiotics Killing Us?
Although antibiotics have made modern medicine a possibility, antibiotic-resistant bacteria will cause an apocalypse because of over prescribing to patients and distribution of too many antibiotics to livestock. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2016) defines antibiotic-resistant bacteria by saying that, “Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, causing more harm.” This can be current problem society faces, which could potentially cause a disaster or perhaps an epidemic. Two of the main problems that is causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria are physicians over-prescribing antibiotics to patients and farmers injecting excessive antibiotics to livestock. Over many generations’ bacteria has evolved into becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance happens when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth; in other words, the bacteria are "resistant" and continue to multiply in the presence of therapeutic levels of an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance is found all over the world and has become a very serious problem in the treatment of disease. Some experts predict that, as resistance to antibiotics is increasing at a faster pace than it can be controlled, the future will resemble the pre-antibiotic era.…

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