The Health Department is reminding residents and businesses within a 10-kilometre radius of both the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations to ensure they have a supply of potassium iodide (KI) pills available in their home or business.
In 2015, based on a directive issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the Health Department partnered with Ontario Power Generation to launch a campaign to provide KI tablets to over 200,000 homes and businesses located within a 10-kilometre radius of both nuclear generating stations in Durham Region.
KI is a stable iodine salt that is effective in reducing the risk of thyroid cancer, in the event of a nuclear emergency involving the release of radioactive iodine. KI tablets should only be taken when instructed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in the event of a nuclear incident.
KI tablets can be obtained by visiting preparetobesafe.ca, calling the Health Department Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613, or by visiting one of the following pharmacies in partnership with the Health Department:
Bay Ridges Pharmacy, 1794 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
Pickering Medical Pharmacy, 1885 Glenanna Rd., Pickering
Liverpool Pharmacy, 725 Krosno Blvd., Pickering
Global Drug Mart Remedy’s Rx, 130 Waverly Rd., Bowmanville
Courtice Pharmasave, 2727 Courtice Rd., Courtice
For more info visit durham.ca/KI or call 905-723-3818.