Texoma Reacts to Radiation Concerns

Fears of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima power plant disaster are spreading right here in Texoma. Pharmacists tell Newschannel 6 of a spike in calls about Potassium Iodide and Iodine supplements. One such product, Iodoral, is sold at Harvest Drug over the counter.

Registered Pharmacist Janet Beard says the pharmacy always keeps the supplement in stock, but this week her phone has been ringing off the hook. "We have seen a huge increase," she said.

It is not just consumers in Texoma that are showing interest in Harvest Drug's supply of Iodoral. "We have had emails and calls from pharmacists across the nation saying they are out and where can they get some," said Beard.

While the selling point this week is fears of radiation poisoning, Beard says there are many benefits to using the supplement such as promoting breast health and thyroid function.

Worry about radiation is being shot down by experts, who say the radiation from Fukushima should not affect the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has published a fact sheet about the use of Iodine for radiation.

Newschannel 6 wanted to know if folks were worried about the threat of radiation. Via facebook, Scott Nordstrom tells us "No, I am not. The risk of an explosion large enough to hit the jet stream to affect the United States is minute.

Jack Knox is not worried for himself, but he has many friends for which he is concerned. Knox lived in Japan in 2008, and is still in touch with people there. "These folks that we know that lived there, we've been in touch with, there is a lot of concern of their part still for the situation," he said.

Knox feels the risk of radiation reaching Texoma is so minimal, he will not be purchasing any supplements. "Anything right now would seem very premature to me," he said.

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Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6