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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Statement on the Release of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

May 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25), the only microbiologist in Congress, released the following statement in response to the release of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). This final report from Lord O’Neill’s Review, established by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014, outlines ways to prevent drug-resistant infections and defeat the rising threat of superbugs worldwide:

“This report is the culmination of years of work studying the effects of antibiotic use in humans, agriculture, and our environment. This is a global problem that requires a global response because, as this report outlines, antibiotic resistant bacteria could kill 10 million people a year by 2050 if we fail to act. We cannot fix this issue if we continue to misuse new antibiotics in the same old ways. That’s why I’ve introduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act to target where most of our antibiotics go in the U.S. – to agriculture. This single industry consumes 80 percent of all antibiotics, which is why we must finally end the overuse and abuse of antibiotics in agriculture for nontherapeutic uses. I commend the work that Lord Jim O’Neill and the AMR Review have accomplished, and will continue working to address this urgent issue.”