Potassium Iodide Distribution

The Brewster Health Department announces the availability of potassium iodide (KI) for the residents of the Town of Brewster.

KI is the abbreviation for potassium iodide, a non-prescription medicine that when used properly can prevent the uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland. The term “thyroid blocking agents” refers to drugs or chemicals that can be ingested to prevent the absorption by the thyroid gland of radioactive isotopes of iodine that may be released to the environment during an accident at a nuclear power station. To date, the most commonly recommended thyroid blocking agent approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is potassium iodide.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Section 5K, was amended by the State Legislature in December 2002, to require that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health provide thyroid blocking agents to towns situated on Cape Cod. The cost of the KI has been assessed to the owners of the nuclear power station. The KI is available free of charge to residents of the Town of Brewster.

Each household member is allowed two tablets of KI. To pick up the potassium iodide, Brewster residents will be required to provide proof of residency, such as a tax bill, current lease agreement, or a valid driver’s license with a Brewster address. Consumer information regarding KI shall be provided at the time the pills are dispensed. A release form must be signed by the recipient when the pills are obtained for each household member.

Residents may obtain KI pills for household members from the Brewster Health Department M-F, 8:30AM-4:00PM at Brewster Town Hall, 2198 Main Street, Brewster.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Brewster Health Department at 508-896-3701 X1120 or at brhealth@town.brewster.ma.us.