You have probably read articles that taking too many antibiotics can make bacteria more resistant, and that can make it harder to fight infections.
Doctors and other health care providers prescribe 258 million courses of antibiotics in a year in the United States, for our population of 309 million.
That translates to 833 antibiotic prescriptions for every 1,000 people.
The average person will have 70 courses of antibiotics in their lifetime for the average person.
When a child goes to see a doctor in the United States, 40 percent of the time they leave with an antibiotic prescription.
In the United States, 80 percent of all antibiotics produced are fed to farm animals.