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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.

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