Residents of municipalities within a 10 mile radius of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant have potassium iodide tablets available to them.
Potassium Iodide pills can help prevent some of the damaging effects of radiation. Exposure to high levels of radiation can lead to thyroid cancer.
People should contact their doctor before beginning any medication because Potassium Iodide pills can be harmful to some people.
The pills are available from the Ocean County Health Department to residents in Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley, Dover, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lacey, Long Beach, Ocean, Ocean Gate, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford and Surf City.
For more information, call 732-341-9700 ext. 7502