You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Daily Dose

Antibiotic overuse causing drug-resistant infections

As public health officials rolled out their annual awareness campaign about antibiotic overuse last week, they announced some scary news along with a little optimism.

First, the good news: The rate of antibiotic prescriptions has dropped by about 17 percent nationwide in recent years. In 2010, doctors wrote antibiotic prescriptions for 80 out of every 100 Americans compared with 96 out of 100 a decade earlier.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week