Drug-resistant bacteria kill 23,000 Americans a year, and widespread antibiotic misuse is making the epidemic worse.

Right now, billions of good bacteria are helping to keep you alive.

They’re helping you digest your food, preventing you from getting sick, and suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria in your body.

Some of those tough little buggers can do battle with the most advanced antibiotics available and come out unscathed. Bacteria, like all other living things, want nothing more than to survive.

What You Should Know About Antibiotics

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Slideshow

Discover the basics of antibiotic resistance.

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Part 1

How bacteria evolve into untreatable ‘superbugs’.

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Part 2

How patient demand fuels antibiotic resistance.

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Part 3

The antibiotic development pipeline is running dry.

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Part 4

Federal inaction in the face of solid science.

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Part 5

Consumer demand is bringing agriculture back to its roots.

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Part 6

Why antibiotic legislation is a tough political sell.

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Part 7

How you can fight back against the epidemic.

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