A new government study reveals that U.S. doctors are still giving Americans antibiotics, at an alarming pace, even though the overuse of antibiotics continues to be a serious concern.
The overuse of antibiotics has caused many forms to lose their strength in fighting diseases.
James Black, a pharmacist, says he can see the problem coming when he fills so many repeated prescriptions.
"Some of the local doctors, instead of changing to a different antibiotic when one doesn't work, they will try increasing the strength to see if they get effective treatment that way," Black said, "You can have cases where you have bacteria without an antibiotic to treat it if the resistance increases enough."
The report is the first detailed look at usage of these medications in every state. It found that over-prescribing is highest among southern and Appalachian states.
Some of the highest rates were reported in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee where about 1,200 prescriptions were written for every 1,000 people.
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