My name is Youssouf Keitaand I am currently an undergraduate student at Lehman college locatedin the Bronx pursing my bachelors in nursing. I’m writing you toask that you help enforce strict regulations on antibiotic usage.Although, I like the idea of antibiotics saving many lives at risk ofdying not all people are lucky enough to recover fully when usingantibiotics causing them other risky side effects. The overwhelmingincrease of antibiotic resistance in the world today is making it oneof the largest threats to healthcare.
Basedon the Ted 2015 video speaker Maryn Mckenna stated that when thefirst antibiotic penicillin was introduced in 1943 it didn’t takelong enough for the antibiotic resistance to be identified 2 yearslater. Even a more recent drug dactinomycin resistance was alsoidentified not too far from when it was first discovered makingit seem like antibiotics are encouragingthe increase of bacterial resistances. Aproject chartered by the British governmentknown as the Review on AntimicrobialResistance estimatesthat the worldwide death tollright now is 700,000 deaths a yearwith a worldwide toll to be 10million deaths a year by 2050 if we don’t take action now.One of the most leading cause of thesebacterial resistances has a lot to deal with the abuse of theantibiotics in both humans and animals. Which is why it must bestrictly regulated to help us in the fight to decrease the resistancerate for antibioticsbeing prescribed in our everyday lives.
“Therise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses a growing danger to thehealth and safety of patients,”said Senator Collins.”By reducing the overuse ofantibiotics in agriculture, our bipartisan legislation will helpaddress one of the contributing factors to this problem.” Thistopic isn’t something I figure would be easy for you or any othersenator to tackle but I’m asking that throughoutorganizations between CDC, state health departments, collegeuniversities and the food and drug administration we do something toslow this down.