11/13/2012 - "Antibiotic use in the United States is dropping, but it is dropping most slowly in states that use the drugs the most – widening regional gaps that may be putting people in some Southeastern states at heightened risk for infections that no longer respond to antibiotics, a new analysis shows.
Researchers aren't just guessing at the danger: They also have new data showing that urinary tract infections have became more resistant to antibiotics and that the problem is worst in regions where use is highest.
And a new survey out today from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows 79% of adults know they can harm their own health by taking unneeded antibiotics.
But just 47% know that doing so could harm others, including family members and people in their communities who might pick up their hard-to-treat bugs, says Allan Coukell, director of medical programs for Pew."
Read the full article, Southeast paying health price for high antibiotic use, on USA Today's website.