How dangerous is the overuse of antibiotics?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

It is inconceivable to most of us that anyone would die from an infected tooth or wound, not to mention the Bubonic plague. But those days may be back soon if, as a society, we don't stop taking antibiotics for granted. We may think we have outfoxed bacterial infections with the invention of antibiotics, but the tides are now shifting. Many types of disease-causing bacteria have become resistant to the effects of currently available drugs. And infectious disease experts say if we don't act fast, we may need to take the word plague out of retirement.

Drug-resistant "superbugs" are becoming more common, and the ability to fight diseases caused by them is being severely threatened. If we don't stop indiscriminate use of antibiotics it won't be long before doctors don't have anything in their black bag to offer patients when they need it most.

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