Is the antibiotic resistance apocalypse approaching? This week's guest, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan
, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Hospital
, says yes. On the podcast, Adam and Arjun discuss how doctors are overprescribing antibiotics, an incredibly dangerous practice. Overprescription actually makes our bacteria more resistant to antibiotics; if we become immune to these antibiotics, they can't help us fight against mild infections -- let alone extreme ones. Arjun says doctors should be intentional in how often they prescribe antibiotics and patients shouldn't think of them as a cure-all. Additionally, governments should be investing in funding for methods of battling antibiotic resistance, including new drugs and research.
Arjun is the Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the CDC