Delaware dishes out 1,500 potassium iodide doses

    Middletown’s volunteer fire department distributed about 1,500 doses of potassium iodide yesterday during an extra disbursement of the pills.

     

    As the Associated Press reports, residents living withing 10 miles of New Jersey’s Salem/Hope Creek nuclear plant were offered the pills, which can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine.

    The tablets, good for five to seven years, are typically given out each fall to the 39,000 people living near the plant, but the extra dose was issued after Japan’s nuclear disaster.

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