The chairwoman of the Oregon Senate Health Committee plans to fight again next legislative session to curtail the widespread misuse of antibiotics in farm animals, restricting their use, like human antibiotics, to the treatment of bacterial infections.
Unless hospitals and other health care facilities begin cooperatively fighting the country’s most aggressive antibiotic-resistant germs, infection rates could increase as much as 10 percent over the next five years, hitting about 340,000 people annually, the federal Centers for Disease Control an
“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes
You just might find –
You get what you need.”
- Rolling Stones
OPINION- If SB 920 passes, it would accomplish what no one else in the country has been able to do – stop the use of routine, non-therapeutic antibiotic use in farm animals to promote growth and head off outbreaks of infection caused by over-crowded conditions in factory farms.