Less than a hundred years ago, an infection meant a long, drawn-out illness that often culminated in amputation or death. Then in the 1930s antibiotics were discovered. Quality of life as well as life expectancy shot up. There was no longer a looming threat of losing a limb because of a common bacterial infection.
Then people became too reliant on these new miracle drugs. They started to go to their doctors demanding antibiotics for viruses, not understanding that viruses are unaffected by antibiotics. Parents began demanding antibiotics for their child’s every sniffle, not understanding that they were causing once harmless bacteria to mutate into drug resistant superbugs.
Now we have a new generation of superbugs that are resistant to the drugs once used to treat them. We have a new class of drugs that is moderately adept at killing these superbugs, but the superbugs are even becoming resistant to them now. In fact, Super Gonorrhea is now an official public health threat in the U.S. In order to curb this trend, we must all learn to just say no to unnecessary antibiotics.