Anti-Radiation Pills Available in 13 SC Counties

7:30 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina has received 1.2 million adult doses of potassium iodide (KI) for distribution to residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of five nuclear power plants in or adjacent to the state, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced.

"Potassium iodide provides additional protection for the thyroid gland against one form of radiation," according to DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. "It is critical to remember this is not a magic pill that protects against all types of radiation. In the event of a nuclear power plant emergency involving the release of radiation, the best advice is to follow the instructions of public safety officials to either stay inside or to evacuate the area in an orderly manner."

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has provided the doses to the state for distribution. Supplies of these potassium iodide tablets, also referred to as KI tablets, are being distributed to health departments in 13 counties for residents living within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants. Residents can pick up tablets for themselves and their families beginning Monday, April 29th. Participation by the public is voluntary.

Templeton said, "Our agency continues to explore ways to help the public understand that KI is not a radiation shield, and that residents should follow any recommendations given by the state in the event of a radiological release."

Templeton said 2.4 million KI tablets, enough doses for 1.2 million adults, have been delivered throughout the state for distribution to residents. The expiration date for the new tablets is October 2017. Residents in possession of tablets with the May 2013 expiration date may dispose of those tablets once a new supply has been picked up.

Locations for distribution of KI:


Aiken County Health Department

222 Beaufort Street NE;
Aiken, S.C. 29801

(803) 642-1687


Allendale County Health Department

571 Memorial Avenue, North;
 Allendale, S.C. 29810

(803) 584-3818


Barnwell County Health Department

11015 Ellenton Street;
Barnwell, S.C. 29812

(803) 541-1061


Chesterfield County Health Department

203 North Page Street;
Chesterfield, S.C. 29709

(843) 623-2117


Darlington County Health Department

305 Russell Street;
Darlington, S.C. 29532

(843) 398-4400


Darlington County Health Department (Hartsville)

130 Camden Avenue;
Hartsville, S.C. 29550

(843) 332-7303


Fairfield County Health Department

1136 Kincaid Bridge Road;
Winnsboro, S.C. 29180

(803) 635-6481


Lee County Health Department

810 Brown Street;
Bishopville, S.C. 29010

(803) 484-6612


Lexington County Health Department

1070 S. Lake Drive, Suite B;
Lexington, S.C. 29073

(803) 785-6550


Newberry County Health Department

2111 Wilson Road;
Newberry, S.C. 29108

(803) 321-2170


Oconee County Health Department (Seneca)

609 N. Townville Street;
Seneca, S.C. 29679

(864) 882-2245


Pickens County Health Department

200 McDaniel Avenue;
Pickens, S.C. 29671

(864) 898-5965


Richland County Health Department

2000 Hampton Street;
Columbia, S.C. 29204

(803) 576-2980


York County Health Department

116 N. Congress Street;
 York, S.C. 29745

(803) 684-7004


York County Health Department (Rock Hill)

1070 Heckle Blvd., Ste. 307;
Rock Hill, S.C. 29732

(803) 909-7300

For additional information about KI and how you can protect yourself from radiation, call your DHEC county public health department or DHEC's Nuclear Response and Emergency Environmental Surveillance Section at 1-800-476-9677. You can find additional information at



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