Veritas wrote:They aren't useless, they are just not worth the trouble. I don't stock them, and I don't plan to. Nobody I know is considering stocking them as part of any kind of preparedness plan either.
I am not saying antibiotics don't work, that would be very ignorant. I am just saying that the effort put into understanding their use, and then keeping an adequate supply/variety is effort best put towards other preparations. If you play poker, I would say it is a negative EV decision.
It kinda sounds like you ARE saying they don't work (or that they're really hard to figure out AND are of very limited usefullness), so what's the point of having them?
Finding the exact
right dosage of the exact
right antibiotic for the exact
infection you're attempting to fight could be difficult in the PAW, and, as you point out, would involve the need for a substantial initial investment in education and/or equipment which might better be spent on other prep activities.
However, I think most preppers are interested in having 1, maybe 2 types of broad spectrum antibiotics at most, and determining a generic therapeutic dosage (based on body weight?) using pills with known amounts of these substances doesn't seem outside the ability of the average person. Ditch medicine (or PAW medicine, if you prefer) isn't an exact science. It's taking steps that might not be pretty or might not be clinically perfect to attempt to treat disease and injuries. Antibiotics are very cheap, easy to store, have known side effects you can take into consideration, and might
help to prevent a routine infection from becoming life-threatening. What's not to like?
Got a really bad cut in the PAW? Wash it well. Make sure you have clean bandages and dressing. Monitor it. Use good hygiene. Perhaps give a basic treatment schedule of your antibiotics as a 'just in case'. That seems reasonable to me, and like it would be worth the minor hassle of getting the meds in the first place.
ETA: You aren't coming off as a pompous ass as far as I'm concerned. It simply seems like there is probably a happy middle ground between "Don't stock antibiotics -- they're often worthless and difficult to use correctly" and "I'm stocking antibiotics, so in the PAW I can just loll around in my own filth all day and not have to worry about getting sick!"