More action needed to reduce antibiotic use
ON any given day in Ireland, around two in every 100 of us are taking an antibiotic. In countries where overuse of these drugs is under better control, the rate is one person a day.
The drugs are life-saving when we need them, but too many are being prescribed by hospitals and GPs.
The message that they are useless against colds is slowly getting through, but Ireland is still just mid-way in the European table for use of the antibiotics.