“Common diseases are becoming untreatable.”
That’s the blunt warning issued on page one of a major new United Nations report on drug resistance.
If we don’t make a radical change now, the report says, drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million people a year by 2050.
Drug resistance is what happens when we overuse antibiotics in the treatment of humans, animals, and plants.
When a new antibiotic is introduced, it can have great, even life-saving results — for a while. But then the bacteria adapt. Gradually, the antibiotic becomes less effective, and we’re left with a disease that we don’t know how to treat.