The advances of modern medicine may be turned upside down because of the overuse of antibiotics.
The World Health Organization says that one day simple injuries could become fatal because bacteria have become more and more resistant to the drugs we use to fight them.
Dr. Vanschooneveld works at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He practices internal medicine and specializes in infectious diseases.
“It’s been unprecedented,” says Vanschooneveld. “In about 70 years we went from having no resistance to having bacteria where we don't have any antibiotics that we can treat them.”
By some estimates, there are over ten million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions each year.
Vanschooneveld says doctors shoulder much of the blame.
“Its easier to give an antibiotic then spending three minutes explaining why you don't need an anti-biotic and what to do if you don't get better.”
Dr. Jim Quinley works at Kubat Pharmacy and sees the flip side. He says patients walk in with stuffy noses and sore throats, anxious to fill an antibiotics prescription, even if it won't help.
“They kind of pressure the doctor to give them a prescription for antibiotics and a lot of times they do that reluctantly and we end up filling them.”
Sharon Kasada came to the pharmacy to fill a prescription says she doesn’t use antibiotics. She worries about antibiotics being in our food.
She sticks to eating healthy and washing her hands.
“I just think we need to let our immune system work a little bit and nurture it the best you can with some home remedies.”
Make sure you talk with you’re physician to make sure you really need an antibiotic for treatment.