Drug Resistance Will Threaten Health

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Sarah Peddie

It has been predicted that drug resistance will cause an estimated 400,000 deaths within Canada by 2050, according to a report. 

The report by the Council of Canadian Academies named "When antibiotics fail: The growing cost of antimicrobial resistance in Canada" have said that the percentage of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment is likely to increase from 26%, the number in 2018, to 40% by 2050.

What is Drug Resistance?

Drug resistance is the reduction in the effectiveness of medication such as an antimicrobial or an antineoplastic in treating a disease or condition. 

According to the report, this is likely to cost $120 billion in hospital expenses and $388 billion in GDP over the next 30 years. 

It is also likely to result in 396,000 deaths within the country.

Resistant infections will decrease the quality of life of a person. In the report, it highlighted the groups of people who are likely to be more at risk. These groups include indigenous, homeless, low-income citizens and people who travel to developing countries.

The report also states that it could have an impact on the availability of routine medical procedures like kidney dialysis, joint replacement, chemotherapy and caesarean section. All of these procedures have a threat of an infection and antibiotics are prescribed to the patient. 

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