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Report: State ranks near top in U.S. in antibiotic use

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Research revealed during “Get Smart Week” shows that California joined Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation in 2010.

“Get Smart Week” is a national partnership launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.

The five states with the highest rates of antibiotic use in the nation that year were Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

The research done by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy shows that residents of Appalachian and Gulf Coast states, where antibiotics use rates are the highest, take about twice as many antibiotics per capita as people living in western states.

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