One in five older adults said that they’ve taken leftover antibiotics without checking with a doctor first, a new poll shows.


Despite these practices and expectations, 89% of adults aged 50 to 80 who responded to the National Poll on Healthy Aging said they understand that overuse of antibiotics could mean the drugs won’t work against infections in the future. The poll results suggest that millions of doses of antibiotics are currently sitting in the backs of medicine cabinets across the nation.

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