4 Sites Distribute Potassium Iodide Thursday

POTTSTOWN PA – Free potassium iodide tablets, intended when ingested to protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine that may be released during a radiological emergency, will be distributed Thursday (Nov. 20, 2014) from locations in Sanatoga, Pottstown, Royersford and Boyertown to anyone who lives, works or attends school within a 10-mile radius of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.

The Montgomery County Health Department said the medicine will be available Thursday without appointment:

  • From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pottstown Community Health and Dental Care, 700 Heritage Dr., Sanatoga;
  • From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown;
  • From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spring Valley YMCA, 19 W. Linfield Rd., Royersford; and
  • From 2-7 p.m. at Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown.

Those interested in obtaining tablets should complete an online form in advance that the county said will speed the process; find it here.

Tablets will be provided to each person, adult or child, as a two-day supply. Individuals can pick up tablets for other family members or those who are unable to pick them up on their own. Directions on how to store the tablets, and when to take them, will also be provided as the tablets are dispensed.

Because not all radiological releases involve radioactive iodine, no one should take the tablets unless specifically directed to do so by health officials or the governor, the department added.

Anyone can take the tablets unless allergic to them. They are safe for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medicine, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider.

Tablets also are available daily, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county’s Pottstown Health Center.

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