Overuse Of Antibiotics

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The wonder drug is what they called it, a drug that would save many lives and save humanity itself. Finally people wouldn’t need to die from simple cuts, ear infections or even more complex illnesses like tuberculosis caused by bacteria. They could be well, walk again and be with their families. What a truly joyous day for everyone on September 3rd 1928 when Professor Alexander Fleming stumbled upon the drug he called penicillin on accident in his laboratory. This drug penicillin could actually kill or control the growth of bacteria, it was truly a miracle. In 1942, Selman Waksman used the term "antibiotics" to describe this drug and that is what we have called it to present day.
Now let’s Fast forward 72 years, where nobody thinks twice about
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Well that sounds fantastic, now why is this research paper being written? This paper is being written to bring awareness and to question the ethical component of the overuse of antibiotics in animals and humans which is becoming an epidemic. The overuse meaning, feeding it to animals unnecessarily, the pain it causes them, the transfer of this antibiotics to us humans through different mediums, the cause of antibiotic resistance in us humans and subsequently the effects of this antibiotic …show more content…
This danger could wipe out a lot of humans as it did in the past and maybe this would please some people who believe humans need to be eliminated from this earth but I don’t think the majority of us want this to happen. The constant pumping of drugs in the animals results in the accumulation of antibiotic resistant bacteria inside them and even in the air around them. This happens because feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick kills off weak bacteria and creates the perfect environment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria to multiply and thrive. These animals start accumulating superbugs inside of them that become stronger as time goes on. These superbugs such as salmonella or MRSA can fight of numerous antibiotic drugs due to constant exposure. These bugs then have numerous ways to getting to us humans; they come directly through the meat that we eat, through the feces of the animal that goes into our soil and water ways, and even through the air that we breathe. According GRACE Communications Foundation’s article on antibiotics “One major way in which antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria enter the environment is via animal manure. Industrial livestock operations produce an enormous amount of concentrated animal waste—over one billion tons annually—often laden with antibiotics and their residues, as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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