Health Department reminds residents and businesses near nuclear generating stations to get free supply of KI tablets

Whitby, Ontario – 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 highly unlikely 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.

“We want everyone living and working in the area where these two nuclear generating stations are located to be aware that KI tablets are available to everyone free of charge,” said Lisa Fortuna, Director of Health Protection for the Health Department. “In fact, as part of increased safety standards outlined by the CNSC anyone living within 50 kilometres of a nuclear generating station is eligible to receive KI tablets if they want to keep a supply on hand.”

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 information about KI tablets, visit durham.ca/KI or call the Health Department’s Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.

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