Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much - and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant.
Professor Joakim Larsson from the University of Gothenburg speaks on 'Our Drugs in their Water'. Where do the drugs we use come from, and what happens with the waste from their production? A daunting journey from Sweden to India and the pollution of active substances affecting the environment in so many ways.
What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?
Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.
Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014
Learn about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in the US.
Learn about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in the EU
Find out about the Pew's antibiotic resistance project and how it supports policies that would help to fight AMR.
The IMI-funded COMBACTE project, which aims to give antibiotic drug development a much-needed boost by pioneering new ways of designing and implementing efficient clinical trials for novel antibiotics.
Find out more about meat and superbugs from the NRDC.