This article from this month's JABFP reminds us that oversee of antibiotics remains a terrible problem in primary care, and family medicine especially. The rate of antibiotic prescription for URIs decreased from 52.1% in 1997 to 41.5% in 1999:
Conclusions: Despite a downward trend in antibiotic prescribing over the years, over-prescription of antibiotics for upper respiratory infections persists. General internal medicine physicians are less likely than general/family physicians to prescribe antibiotics, but this gap seems to be narrowing. Specific interventions must be designed to address these disparities.
Family physicians prescribed antibiotics 42.9% of the time for URI .. while Internists did so 36.2% of the time. Neither of these numbers is even approaching a reasonable goal (0%) … I think that it's obvious that family physicians need to be better educated on this perils of over-prescribing antibiotics and given the tools to treat patients appropriately. Of course, the CDC has some great educational tools .. but many states are working on this as well … and the google directory on antibiotic resistance is a good place to start looking for more information on this important topic.