On the occasion of European Antibiotics Awareness Day on November 18, the Greek Research Company and Primary School Education Health Care are urging citizens to refrain from using antibiotics without a medical prescription. According to medical experts, over-the-counter drugs are used unnecessarily in Greece and are not effective in treating infections caused by germs rather than viruses. Doctors recommend relaxation, drinking fluids and washing hands, especially after coughing and sneezing.
Experts are concerned that Greece has one of the highest records of antibiotic use in Europe, 34 daily doses of antibiotics per 1,000 citizens in 2014, whereas the OECD average is 20.5 doses. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of infections are due to germs that have become more resilient to antibiotics due to unnecessary use of these.