Potassium iodide tablet distribution set

Potassium iodide tablets to be disbursed in East Liverpool, Ohio
Courtesy: United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – Potassium iodide tablets will be available in the East Liverpool area beginning next week.

According to the Morning Journal, the Columbiana County Heath Department and East Liverpool City Health Departments will be hosting drive-through clinics for the redistribution of potassium iodide tablets. Those distributed a few years ago are scheduled to expire in December 2014.

The tablets will be distributed to those living within 10 miles of the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant. The tablets taken in the event of a radioactive release can block the thyroid gland’s ability to absorb radioactive iodine and could reduce the risk of thyroid cancer.

The tablets will be distributed Dec. 3  from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.in the rear parking lot of the St. Clair Township administration building on Pugh Road. Another distribution is set for Dec. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the central fire station in East Liverpool.

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