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Antibiotic abuse 'kills more Spaniards than car crashes'
14 November 2017 @ 22:37

TAKING antibiotics without prescription causes more deaths per year in Spain than car crashes, according to the European Medications Agency.

Residents in Spain consume some of the largest amounts of antibiotics on the continent – some 16% above the European average.

Of the 25,000 people who die in Europe every year through antibiotic abuse, one in 10 – or a total of 2,500 – are in Spain.

That's more than the number of fatalities seen annually on Spain's roads, according to motoring accident figures compiled by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).

Overuse of antibiotics causes bacteria to become resistant to treatment and to multiply out of control, or to mutate into much stronger bugs that current medication has not yet become developed enough to kill off.



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