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State's high antibiotic use becoming cause for concern

Release Date:  Thursday, December 08, 2011

by Zack Harold
Daily Mail staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia had more antibiotic drug prescriptions than people in 2007, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy.

There were 1,222 antibiotic prescriptions per 1,000 people in the state that year, according to researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

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Dr. Jessica Robinson was quoted in an article in the Charleston Daily Mail discussing the increase in antibiotic prescriptions in West Virginia.  In 2007 there were more prescriptions written for antibiotics in West Virginia than there are residents.  One of the concerns is that overuse of antibiotics will lead to resistant organisms. 

"We are starting to see that happen. It is very scary," said Jessica Robinson, a professor at the University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy……” drugs also could become ineffective if they're prescribed too often,”  Robinson said. 

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