Prescription pill abuse is a well-known problem here in Kentucky, but what about the abuse of antibiotics?
A new study shows that Kentucky is one of five states with the highest rates of antibiotic use.
“All over the country everybody expects a pill of some sort for each and every thing that might or might not be wrong with them,” says Dr. Mitchell Wicker with the Hazard Clinic.
A new study shows that Kentuckians have continued to abuse antibiotics during the past decade
Wicker says too many folks rely on antibiotics to cure every little sneeze or sniffle but over-using antibiotics can lead to a dangerous decline of the pill's effectiveness.
Wicker says sometimes physicians over-prescribe when they're unsure if the patient's illness is bacterial or viral.
“Be sure you clearly explain your symptoms to the health care provider that you're seeing so that the healthcare provider can make a good choice for you and be aware that not everything requires an antibiotic,” Wicker said.
Wicker says folks with minor illnesses should try to take less antibiotics and have more patience.
Many doctors say getting a flu shot is a good way to prevent having to take antibiotics for minor illnesses.