Antibiotics Aren’t That Effective Anymore

An assortment of medications are scattered on a white table

An assortment of medications are scattered on a white table

Adela Storey, Staff Writer

The United Nations report on drug resistance warns that common diseases are becoming untreatable due to antibiotic drug resistance. The term drug resistance means that over time, antibiotics are overused and the bacteria becomes immune to the drugs. The resistance might not sound too bad, but in the next 30 years the most common diseases could become immune to drugs and kill 10 million people.

Currently, around 700,000 people die a year from drug resistance, and this number is only going to get larger as years pass. STDs and UTIs have been the most commonly seen diseases to resist drugs, and C-section births have a higher risk since some of the anti-infection medication isn’t working as effectively as it should.

Not only are common diseases an issue, resistant bacteria can mutate and create a “superbug”, which will be a very dangerous sickness that will most likely not have a cure. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is fairly easy. Drug researchers need around $1.5-2 billion a year for the proper research on how to combat drug resistance, because it can be done. As long as funding can be provided, drug resistance will not be a problem for anyone, which is definitely safer than letting the issue go.