FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman explores the rise of the science-related death from science- related illness.
The number of people who have died from the effects of a single, or multiple, of the most commonly used antibiotics rose from 1,095 in 2016 to 1,878 in 2017, according to the latest CDC data.
The figures represent the latest data on how the drugs have affected people’s lives, and are a reminder that some of the drugs are so potent that even when they’re used as prescribed, they can be dangerous for the people they’re intended to help.
Some people are dying of the flu, but the drugs they’re taking can make them sick even when given as prescribed.
FiveThirtyeight’s Ben Castelan looks at the science behind these deaths, and what they mean for health care.
FiveThirtyEight: Science-related deaths in the US and around the world (2018) By Ben Caselan, FiveThirty8.