Health Depart. requesting potassium iodide doses - - Columbia, South Carolina

Health Depart. requesting potassium iodide doses

(Columbia-AP) Oct. 19, 2002-South Carolina's health department has requested 800,000 potassium iodide doses to protect people living near nuclear power plants.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will provide the doses to South Carolina for distribution to residents possibly in January.

The commission began offering the tablets to 33 states in December and allows states decide how to distribute the pills.

Potassium iodide works by stopping the thyroid gland from absorbing cancer-causing radioactive iodine, which is produced during nuclear energy generation.

Posted 1:10pm by Cara Parker

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