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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  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 4, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    This chemical is found in common iodized table salt, but is necessary in a higher dose to prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine that can occur in a nuclear accident. It is supposed to prevent the radioactive nuclides from concentrating in the thyroid gland. Taking these tablets creates a saturation of KI in the body, supposedly dispersing the radioactive iodine so it does not concentrate in the thyroid gland, which causes cancer. This I got from easy online research.
  • by Semi Prepared Location: 55 miles from nuke plant on May 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    For about $10 plus shipping one can get 14 foil sealed 130mg potassium iodine tablets tablets from "Emergency Essentials". Adult dose is one tablet daily.
  • by okayeheregoes on May 4, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    This is done in case there is an accidental release of nuclear materials... Pills degrade with time and should be replaced. The counties are simply doing what they should do. You only take the pills if the plant has an accident.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    Nuclear power is clean, safe energy! That's what they said anyway....back in the 70s. They know what they're talking about....right? I wonder who they are? I bet they don't live anywhere near a nuclear power plant.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 4, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Does that mean it is dangerous to live within 10 miles of the plant - or are the pills being distributed in case there is a leak and folks get "contaminated??
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