Annual amnesty for unused antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant bugs

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This plan provides a roadmap to identify instances of antibiotic resistance, stop the spread of resistance, and improve the prescribing and use of antibiotics.

13-19, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners will reach out to the general public, health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry and others via a social media campaign using infographics, quizzes and success stories to raise awareness of the need to act on antibiotic resistance and what kinds of steps we can take.

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team. "Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat. This stewardship helps to fight resistance because it preserves the usefulness of antibiotics.

Known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a state in which micro-organisms no longer respond to treatment by antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics and antifungals, it could cause 10 million deaths globally each year by 2050 if allowed to continue unchecked.

As part of the awareness week Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Lead Research Nurse at HRPU, will be taking part in a live Twitter chat at 3pm GMT on Tuesday 14 November through Infectious Disease Hub.

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"We found two completely unexpected mechanisms that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics".

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is also holding an antibiotics amnesty this month. He is passionate about antibiotic awareness, because it's crucial that hospitals can continue to use antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance "It is important that the public is aware that globally we are running out of effective antibiotics".

"We are misusing antibiotics by using them when it is not needed (for the common cold or viral infection), not completing the prescribed dose and using them to promote growth and productivity in agriculture", Stegelmeier said.

Members of the public can also hand in their antibiotics at their local high street pharmacy.

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