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Lake County distributing potassium iodide to businesses near Perry Nuclear Power Plant on Oct. 22

Posted at 9:36 AM, Oct 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-16 10:20:19-04

Update: This story has been revised to clarify when businesses and residents can pick up their potassium iodide, and a link has been added for businesses to pre-register.

The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) will distribute non-prescription potassium iodide (KI) to businesses within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant on Oct. 22, Lake County Health Commissioner Ron Graham announced on Friday.

The county says the KI that was last issued by LCGHD is set to expire at the end of December.

Lake County businesses are requested to pre-register for this event by completing the Business KI Request Form here.

The LCGHD will hold a KI distribution event for Lake County businesses on Oct. 22 at 550 Blackbrook Road in Painesville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Graham said KI is more of a protective measure for those who could potentially be exposed in a nuclear emergency.

“KI is not a substitute for emergency procedures, such as evacuation and in-place sheltering during a nuclear emergency,” Graham said. “It is, however, one more protective measure we can provide to help safeguard Lake County residents.”

Although KI will be available at care centers that would open as a result of a release from the power plant, in order to be effective, it must be taken within three to four hours from the start of exposure.

Taken in a specific time frame, the non-prescription potassium iodide can protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which is one of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear accident or event.

In addition to the planned distribution at LCGHD, residents living or working in the emergency planning zone can pick up KI at the following pharmacies beginning on Oct. 25 during operating hours:

  • CVS Pharmacy—1506 Mentor Ave., Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-354-5609
  • CVS Pharmacy 1890 North Ridge Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-352-7051
  • CVS Pharmacy 9040 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-255-9159
  • Discount Drug Mart 8023 Crile Road Concord, Ohio 44077 440-853-2542
  • Discount Drug Mart 8500 Mentor Avenue Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-255-0040
  • Giant Eagle Pharmacy 6556 North Ridge Road Madison, Ohio 44057 440-428-6111
  • Giant Eagle Pharmacy 1201 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-358-7769
  • Marc's Pharmacy 7353 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio 44060 440-951-1721
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 180 N. State Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-352-0627
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 6655 North Ridge Road, Madison, Ohio 44057 440-428-1128

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