Residents near nuclear plants can get free anti-radiation pills in February

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - Beginning in February, residents or businesses within 10 miles of the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear power plants will be offered two doses of potassium iodide as a precaution against radiation, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said recently.

The dosages would offer the thyroid gland limited protection against radiation absorption, but they wouldn't protect other parts of the body.

It is considered an additional safeguard in the event of a nuclear plant incident.

Residents will receive a voucher that can be presented to one of six participating Target pharmacies. Businesses and dependent care facilities will also receive vouchers, but will be asked to attend a forum to receive KI for their employees and customers.

The Target pharmacies accepting the vouchers are in Red Wing, Cottage Grove, Buffalo, Elk River, Rogers and Monticello.



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