The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that potassium Iodide, or KI, pills being offered to neighbors of Illinois’ six nuclear power plants now are available at 64 participating pharmacies.
In late November, the agency announced it was launching a KI distribution program. Though the program, free pills would be available for all residents living within a 10-mile radius of an Illinois power plant, including Exelon Quad-Cities Generating Station near Cordova.
The agency also said Tuesday that 16 Community Pharmacy Prescription Network pharmacies have been added to the list of participating stores. Pills also are available at 48 Walgreens stores, including those in Moline, Rock Island, East Moline and Milan as well in area Illinois communities of Geneseo, Kewanee and Prophetstown. It also is available at AMICARE Pharmacy Inc. in Moline. A complete list can be found at the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
More than 60,000 homes within the Emergency Planning Zones of each plant were mailed vouchers last month. The vouchers now can be redeemed for a two-day supply of KI for each member of the household.
The pill is a non-prescription drug used to protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which could be released during a nuclear power plant accident. In a news release, Jonathon Monken, the agency’s director, said nearly 20,000 pills already have been distributed.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Illinois Poison Center, which is fielding questions about the over-the-counter medication. The Illinois Poison Center’s hotline is 800-222-1222.
The agency obtained 215,000 pills at no cost from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
This marks the second time the state has distributed KI pills to residents.