Medication to protect residents from radiation available

September 16, 2007

Residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant can acquire potassium iodide to keep at their home or business by attending either of two sessions planned by the Harford County Health Department.

The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 6 at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville.

After those dates, potassium iodide may be obtained by calling 410-638-8476.

Potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine, which might be released in the event of a radiation emergency.

With the proper dosage administered at the proper time, potassium iodide can saturate the thyroid gland so radioactive iodine cannot accumulate there, helping to protect the gland from the effects from radiation exposure.

The use of potassium iodide is indicated only in such emergencies and to be most effective should be taken before or shortly after exposure to radioactive iodine.

In addition, potassium iodide will be distributed to schools within 10 miles of Peach Bottom.

Schools in the area include: Darlington, Dublin, North Bend and North Harford elementary schools; North Harford Middle; North Harford High; and Harford Christian Academy.

Potassium iodide also will be distributed to Broadcreek Boy Scout Camp and Hart Heritage Assisted Living Estate.

Potassium iodide that was distributed in 2002 has expired. Those with old potassium iodide should discard the medication. It should be discarded with household trash for removal to the local landfill. It should not be flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain.

Information: 410-638-8476 or 410-838-1500.

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