NC Counties Give Protective Pills Near Nuke Plant

Health officials are refreshing the radiation-fighting pills for residents in two North Carolina counties living near a nuclear power plant.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported Monday a new batch of potassium iodide pills will be offered this month to residents within 10 miles of the Brunswick nuclear plant. They are to replace tablets distributed in 2003.

Health officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties will give away two pills for each person. People can pick up the pills for other family members or neighbors.

Potassium iodide can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation exposure.

The pills will be distributed at community centers and city halls in the area.

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