Do you have any unused or old antibiotics at home? We are asking you to return them to any local pharmacy as part of an Antibiotic Amnesty in support World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November).
Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections but the more they are used the more bacteria are able to find new ways to survive the effects of the antibiotic. This is known as antibiotic resistance and is a huge threat to our future health. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, operations and even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
You should only take antibiotics when they have been prescribed for you by a healthcare professional. Unless your doctor or nurse has specifically told you to you should never save antibiotics for later, and never give them to someone else.
You can play your part in protecting antibiotics for the future by returning unused or old antibiotics to any local pharmacy.