Letters to the Editor

Antibiotics use needs more limits

I read the Nov. 5 article about the recent gathering in support of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). I think this is a very worthwhile cause that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray should support.

This issue hits close to home for me. I recently contracted a serious bacterial infection that could have killed me. While undergoing treatment, I was very concerned that the infection would be resistant and therefore untreatable. Fortunately, it was not – I made a full recovery.

But this is not the case for 18,000 Americans who die prematurely each year from otherwise curable infections because the antibiotics no longer work.

With 80 percent of antibiotics used in livestock, this overuse is what is leading to antibiotic resistance.

Fortunately, there is a solution. And our Thurston County commissioners can take an important step toward reaching it: pass a resolution like that which the city of Olympia passed in February; urge Sen. Murray to cosponsor PARA or at the very least to help it along in the legislative process.

For the sake of all human and environmental health, I hope commissioners do the right thing.