Would you believe the fact that during the 19th century, infections could kill

human beings due to the routine operations? This could be an implausible fact, but

the modern era has unquestionably encountered the disastrous “health crisis.”


Then, what has planted this new fear inside society today? The impending

dangers all began from the invention of “antibiotics.” Antibiotics are treatments used

for the prevention of bacterial infections which are now more prominently known as

the preparations for treating minor issues, such as colds. Doctors often prescribe

antibiotics even when the weaker drugs could replace the stronger ones – an

example could be when a doctor chooses not to perform diagnostic testing for

confirming whether an infection contains bacteria or not, and then mistakenly

prescribing an antibiotic (obviously, without knowing). Scientists have implicated

these threatening influences and potentially malicious impacts, but antibiotics

gradually became an extremely common drug, leading to the increase of

overdosing and abuse.


Abuse of antibiotics is resulting in the rapid growth of resistance of antibiotics

and this is capable of creating super-bacterias which are incurable by any other

type of medicine. These bacterias are able to adapt to the conditions given in order

to defeat the antibiotics in the body. The effectiveness of modern day treatments

are undermined by the growing antimicrobial resistance, hence the wide range of

drugs are no longer available to the public. This issue worsened due to the dark

future of medicinal development – the last antibiotic, called the lipopeptide, was

discovered in 1987, and for 29 years no progress was recorded. From this it is

noticeable that the development of antibiotics cannot catch up with the reproduction

of super-bacterias, and therefore the world does not have new antibiotics to replace

the old ones. This means that the progeny of the current generation cannot have

proper access to antibiotics. The is menacing the future of humanity by accelerating

the demise of modern medicine.


In order to eliminate the overuse of antibiotics, the cooperation from the

government, the doctors and the patients is required. The government should

constantly encourage the pharmaceutical companies to focus on developing novel

antibiotics to directly assert the problem of bacterial resistance to conventional

drugs. Professor Dame Sally Davies, who is Britain’s Chief Medical Officer,

suggested some solutions to the government by mentioning that “we need an

international system of finance to stimulate or incentivise the development of

antibiotics.” In addition, she also emphasised the significance of improving people’s

awareness of the dangers of antibiotics, which may help to postpone the dreadful

terror that is gradually, but profoundly, reaching the people.


— Janice Jeonghyun Huh Y10 Noro —