SEP 13, 2018 6:01 AM PDT

Antibiotics Are Still Being Over-Prescribed by Some Health Facilities

The opioid abuse problem continues unabated, despite public health efforts to curb the use of narcotic painkillers that can cause dependence and push patients to seek more dangerous drugs, including heroin. But opioids are not the only drugs that are overused. Overuse of antibiotics is a growing problem. When the drugs are prescribed for viral conditions or frequent colds or flu, the body can become immune to their effects over time. In response, bacteria can morph into “superbugs” that are aggressive and resistant to medications. It’s a vicious cycle of overuse, spurring resistant bacteria that requires increasing levels of medicines and eventually, some experts believe bacterial infections that are entirely resistant to antibiotics will develop.

In a study, it was found that hospitals and urgent care centers were most likely to dispense antibiotics that were not always necessary, increasing the likelihood of drug-resistant bacterial strains. The study, which is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association alleges that urgent care centers, frequently called “doc in a box” centers and emergency rooms in hospitals prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily in 46% of patients. Any unnecessary prescription is a problem; however, walk-in medical clinics and urgent care centers are becoming increasingly popular, and patients are often seeing doctors that are not familiar with their entire history or use of antibiotics.

About the Author
English
I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
NOV 27, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Our Chemistry Connection to Stars and the Cosmo
NOV 27, 2020
Our Chemistry Connection to Stars and the Cosmo
A common entity that connects everything from majestically looking galaxies and nebula to the enormously diversified bio ...
MAR 09, 2021
Plants & Animals
Sea Slug Shows Extreme Case of Regeneration
MAR 09, 2021
Sea Slug Shows Extreme Case of Regeneration
Some of the most interesting—and possibly strangest—scientific discoveries happen by accident. According to ...
APR 09, 2021
Plants & Animals
Speedbumps Reduce Endangered Red Colobus Deaths
APR 09, 2021
Speedbumps Reduce Endangered Red Colobus Deaths
The endangered Zanzibar red colobus is a rare primate that lives only in the Zanzibar archipelago. New research from Ban ...
APR 17, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Dent in Earth's Magnetic Field Caused by Buried Ancient World
APR 17, 2021
Dent in Earth's Magnetic Field Caused by Buried Ancient World
Researchers from Arizona State University have suggested that two giant blobs of rock cupping the Earth's core are l ...
OCT 08, 2021
Chemistry & Physics
Gamma-Ray Burst from Distant Galaxy May Have Been Space Junk
OCT 08, 2021
Gamma-Ray Burst from Distant Galaxy May Have Been Space Junk
In 2020, scientists observed something incredible: they had measured a gamma-ray burst from a distant galaxy called GNz1 ...
OCT 29, 2021
Health & Medicine
Can Playing Tetris Help Patients with PTSD?
OCT 29, 2021
Can Playing Tetris Help Patients with PTSD?
Intrusive memories are one of the most harmful symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Intrusive thoughts a ...
Loading Comments...