The U.S. Federal Government should restrict the prescription of antibiotics.
This debate is the final part of Bsh1's March Official Beginner's Tournament. Thanks to Sapphique for agreeing with me on the topic, and for being so patient while I was AFK for vacation!
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2. All arguments must be according to the definitions provided.
3. Appropriate conduct must be made: no profanity, inappropriate behavior, and/or trolling.
restrict: put a limit on; keep under control.
prescription: an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment.
antibiotic: a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
If my opponent has any issues with these definitions (or would like to add more), let us discuss them before acceptance.
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This should be very interesting since Sapphique and I have the same mentor: Whiteflame. Thanks for the help, sir, and good luck to you, Sapphique!
I accept. Thanks to whiteflame for the advice throughout the tournament, and thanks to Skepticalone for instigating. I look forward to an interesting debate.
Antibiotic misuse and overuse
For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about “The end of antibiotics, question mark?” Well, now I would say you can change the title to “The end of antibiotics, period.” We’re here. We’re in the post-antibiotic era. There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that five years ago even we could have treated, but now we can’t. - Dr. Arjun Srinivasan
The biggest problem with using antibiotics when they're not needed is the development of antibiotic resistance, which is when bacteria survive by outsmarting the antibiotic. Common infections become difficult to treat, and when you really need an antibiotic, it may not work. - Dr. Laura Hicks
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics have contributed to new strains of bacteria which are now resistant. This is contributing to “superbugs” which are resistant to all antibiotics. There are currently strains of Tuberculosis which are completely resistant to all current antibiotics available . Some forms of staphylococcus (MRSA) have become almost as resistant as the untreatable strains of Tuberculosis . In addition to these, the CDC has set new guidelines for the use of antibiotics which leave only one drug for the routine treatment of Gonorrhea because of resistance . Continued misuse/overuse will bring about more drug resistant strains of other bacteria.
“Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.” 
Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed for situations for which they can have no impact on the illness. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. Viral infections are a completely different beast, and are unaffected by antibiotics. To prescribe antibiotics for viral infections is misguided and harms us all - yet it happens. “…about half of the 100 million prescriptions written for antibiotics each year are for respiratory ailments that aren’t going to be helped by a drug.”  Some prescription for ailments, such as ear infections, are completely unnecessary since the patient’s body can and will (if given the chance) fight off these infections without help.
When prescribing antibiotics, doctors use the most powerful varieties 60% of the time, and out of these broad spectrum prescriptions 25% are for viruses. In doing so, they are needlessly contributing to the downfall of (currently) our best defense against bacteria. We need to do away with appeasing patients (instead of educating them), prescribing antibiotics out of habit, and using these drugs when unnecessary in order to ensure their continued effectiveness.
I look forward to my opponents opening arguments, and will turn this over to her now.
 http://www.cdc.gov... - p 77 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Due to personal reasons and unforseen circumstances, I will not be able to complete this debate with Skepticalone. All points should go to my opponent. Thanks once again to my opponent, bsh1, and whiteflame. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Sapphique forfeited this round.
Sapphique forfeited this round.