RALEIGH, N.C. -- Health officials are refreshing the radiation-fighting pills for more than 120,000 North Carolina residents living near a nuclear power plant.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday a new batch of potassium iodide pills will be offered next month to residents within 10 miles of the Shearon Harris nuclear plant. They are to replace tablets distributed seven years ago.
Health officials in Wake, Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties will give away a single dose of the pills at local schools and other locations. Free pills also are available year-round at public health clinics.
Potassium iodide can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation exposure.
Information from: The News & Observer
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