A new study warns that people are overusing antibiotics, which lowers the effectiveness of these drugs.

A new study warns that people are overusing antibiotics, which lowers the effectiveness of these drugs. Yet the people who understand this best are actually two and a half times more likely to overuse antibiotics without a prescription as well as pass on these drugs to others!

The UK’s chief executive of the British Science Association, Imran Khan, says: “We’re at a critical moment in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Politicians are paying attention, economists are on the case, and the public recently voted the issue the top challenge for the new Longitude Prize to address. If we’re going to make the most of this momentum, we have to explore the relationship between science and the public a bit more closely – otherwise we might all pay the price.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2014/dec/10/antibiotic-resistance-sometimes-knowledge-is-not-enough?CMP=share_btn_tw&utm_content=buffer71277&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js

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