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Do Bugs Need Drugs?

Do Bugs Need Drugs? (DBND) is a community education program about the responsible use of antibiotics and the importance of handwashing.

The DBND program started as a small six-month pilot in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada in 1998-99. Currently it is a provincial program in Alberta and British Columbia.

In British Columbia, the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program is funded by the Ministry of Health, Pharmaceutical Services Division.  

The program provides educational programs and materials for:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Teachers
  • Schools
  • Daycares, preschools, early childhood educators
  • Workplaces, occupational health nurses, human resources personnel
  • Older adults, assisted living and long term care centres
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Public

Complimentary educational print materials are available for your home, school or workplace. The order form can be accessed here.

To learn more, visit the program's main website


Community partners deliver the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program to children and adults around the province. We would not be able to do it without them! 

We rely on nurses, nursing students, medical students, early childhood education students, early childhood educators, teachers, instructors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and assisted living staff, among others, to sustain the program.

As prescribers of antibiotics, many healthcare professionals play an important role in addressing the problem of antibiotic resistance through education and consultation. Working together, we can decrease the overall use of antibiotics and help promote appropriate prescribing. Reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics will help to preserve the effectiveness of these important resources for the future.

Your participation makes the difference!


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