Newfoundland and Labrador is using significantly more antibiotics per capita than any other province in Canada. Canada uses more than most OECD countries, and Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest consumer among the provinces and territories. NL uses 33 per cent more antibiotics than the second-highest consumer—Saskatchewan.
Dr. Natalie Bridger, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, is a member of Choose Wisely Newfoundland and Labrador. The group launched about a year-and-a-half ago to raise awareness of the dangers of the over-use of the infection-fighting pills.
Dr. Bridger says unnecessary use can cause all sorts of problems including stomach upset and diarrhea, or worse.
People can have life-threatening reactions. Antibiotics globally also mean that bacteria can become more resistant.