Health department distributing potassium iodide (KI)

Available to residents within 10 miles of nuclear facility

For the Record
Posted 8/15/22

The Harnett County Health Department will make available free potassium iodide tablets (KI) to county residents who live, work or attend schools within a 10-mile radius of the Harris Nuclear Power Plant.

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Health department distributing potassium iodide (KI)

Available to residents within 10 miles of nuclear facility

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Public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department will make available free potassium iodide tablets (KI) to county residents who live, work or attend schools within a 10-mile radius of the Harris Nuclear Power Plant.

The Health Department will hold its annual distribution of potassium iodide pills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Duncan Junction located at 12638 N.C. Highway 42, Holly Springs.

Potassium iodide (KI) is a type of salt that is added to table salt in small amounts to “iodize” the salt so that people have sufficient iodine in their diets to maintain normal, healthy thyroid function.

KI is also a nonprescription medication that is used to protect the thyroid gland in the event of a radiological emergency. If taken at the appropriate time and at the proper dosage, KI blocks the thyroid glands uptake of radioactive iodine, thereby reducing the risk of thyroid cancer.

North Carolina’s public health preparedness and response measures have included a potassium iodide program since 2003, when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission supplied states with potassium iodide tablets free of charge for people within 10 miles of a nuclear facility.

KI should be kept in a safe, accessible location and should only be taken when instructed by public health authorities.

If you are unable to attend the Aug. 26, distribution, contact the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550 regarding a pick-up appointment.

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