Is Michigan just being cautious or does it know something we don't know?
Why is the State of Michigan providing free KI?
The State of Michigan has recently received a free supply of KI from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The State is making it available at no cost to people living or working near Michigan’s nuclear power plants.
What is KI?
KI (the chemical name for the drug “potassium iodide”) is a non-prescription iodine pill. Iodine is an element that is found in nature and is also an important part of your diet. Because iodine is so important for your health, it is added to table salt. However, the iodine in the KI pill is much stronger than the iodine in table salt. Table salt cannot be used as a replacement for KI.
How does KI work?
In the unlikely event of a serious accident at a nuclear power plant, one form of radiation, radioactive iodine, could be released into the air. This type of radiation can be stored in your thyroid gland. This can cause thyroid cancer or other thyroid problems over time. Children are most at risk of thyroid injury from exposure to radioactive iodine. KI protects your thyroid by filling it up with a safe form of iodine so that it can't take in radioactive iodine.
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