Should citizens stockpile antibiotics?
No. Keeping a stockpile of antibiotics is, in short, a bad idea. While antibiotics would be used to treat individuals who might fall ill during a disease outbreak, the use of these medications should always be done at the direction of a physician. People who self-medicate themselves or their children could very well do more harm than good. Overuse of antibiotics, as well as their misuse (to treat illnesses such as colds), is harmful, as it reduces the ability of these drugs to work in serious health emergencies.

The U.S. government keeps a cache of antibiotics and other medical supplies that can arrive in an area in which an outbreak has occurred within 12 hours.

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1. What are the signs that a poison gas attack or a chemical accident might be taking place?
2. Should citizens buy gas masks?
3. Should citizens stockpile antibiotics?
4. What precautions can citizens take with their water supply?