Potassium iodide available to Lake County residents

“The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) will distribute non-prescription potassium iodide (KI) to residents living or working within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Lake County Health Commissioner Ron Graham announced on Friday. The county says the KI that was last issued by LCGHD is set to expire at the end of December.

The LCGHD will hold a KI distribution event for Lake County residents on Oct. 22 at its office located at 550 Blackbrook Road in Painesville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Graham said KI is more of a protective measure for residents who could potentially be exposed in a nuclear emergency.

“KI is not a substitute for emergency procedures, such as evacuation and in-place sheltering during a nuclear emergency,” Graham said. “It is, however, one more protective measure we can provide to help safeguard Lake County residents.”

Although KI will be available at care centers that would open as a result of a release from the power plant, in order to be effective, it must be taken within three to four hours from the start of exposure. Taken in a specific time frame, the non-prescription potassium iodide can protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which is one of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear accident or event.

In addition to the planned distribution at LCGHD, residents living or working in the emergency planning zone can pick up KI at the following pharmacies beginning on Oct. 25 during operating hours:

CVS Pharmacy—1506 Mentor Ave., Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-354-5609
CVS Pharmacy 1890 North Ridge Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-352-7051
CVS Pharmacy 9040 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-255-9159
Discount Drug Mart 8023 Crile Road Concord, Ohio 44077 440-853-2542
Discount Drug Mart 8500 Mentor Avenue Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-255-0040
Giant Eagle Pharmacy 6556 North Ridge Road Madison, Ohio 44057 440-428-6111
Giant Eagle Pharmacy 1201 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-358-7769
Marc’s Pharmacy 7353 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-951-1721
Rite Aid Pharmacy 180 N. State Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-352-0627
Rite Aid Pharmacy 6655 North Ridge Road, Madison, Ohio 44057 440-428-1128″

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