Potassium Iodide (KI)
The 2002 June/July issue of Vital Signs, a members-only newsletter of the Massachusetts Medical Society, reported that the Society's House of Delegates "approved a resolution calling for the distribution of potassium iodide to all Massachusetts communities for protection against radio-iodine." Adoption by the House of Delegates makes the resolution official policy of the MMS. The resolution was brought before the delegates at their annual meeting by Harwich resident Dr. Milton Hirshberg, a member of Cape Downwinders.
The full text of the resolution as amended reads, "That the Massachusetts Medical Society support the position that thyroid-blocking agents approved by the Food and Drug Administration should be provided to all Massachusetts cities and towns
in order that their residents have access to medical protection against injury from radioiodine." [emphasis added]
Massachusetts Government and KI:
Massachusetts' KI law
In 2002, our government finally acknowledged that radiation doesn't stop at the bridge.
What's wrong with Massachusetts' prior KI distribution efforts?
The MDPH, which has given - at best - lukewarm support for KI stockpiling, can't measure demand using it's past 'pseudo-distribution'.
Mass. Dept of Public Health KI Info
, including a form to Request KI Pills for a residence or workplace in the EPZ
Mass. Dept of Public Health KI FAQ