State Distributing Potassium Iodide Pills Aug. 9

POTTSTOWN PA – Free potassium iodide (also known by its chemical compund name, “KI”) tablets, intended when ingested to protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine that may be released during a radiological emergency, will be distributed Aug. 9 (2018; Thursday) at locations in Pottstown, Boyertown, and Phoenixville to anyone who lives, works or attends school within a 10-mile radius of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.

The potassium iodide tablets are tiny

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said the medicine will be available without appointment:

  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pottstown Health Center, 364 King St., Pottstown;
  • From 2-7 p.m. at the Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut St., Boyertown; and
  • From 1-7 p.m. at Kimberton Fire Company, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville.

KI can be taken by anyone, as long as they are not allergic to it.  It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants, the department said.

Individuals can pick up KI tablets for other family members, or those who are unable to get it on their own. Directions explaining when to take KI tablets and how to store them are provided with the packages. Department of Health staff members also will be available to answer questions

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.

Limerick Generating Station is one of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power facilities, which the department described as “closely regulated, secure, and well-maintained.” The others are: Beaver Valley Power Station in Hookstown PA, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta PA, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick PA, and Three Mile Island Generating Station in Middletown PA.

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