Radioactive iodine, one of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear accident or similar event, can increase the risk of thyroid cancer.
Potassium iodide (KI) is a drug that, taken in an appropriate and timely dosage, can block exposure to radioactive iodine, one of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear accident or similar event.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission supplies states with enough potassium iodide to provide at least one dose for every person who lives or works within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.
The State of Vermont makes potassium iodide tablets available free of charge to people who work or reside in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Vernon. This Web page provides links to information about this voluntary program and instructions about how to participate.
The expiration date is clearly marked on the KI packaging. If you have expired KI you can dispose of it in the same way as prescription medicines.