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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

October 16, 2002


Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department has confirmation from several area pharmacies that will carry potassium iodide (KI) tablets in their stores or get the tablets at their customers' request.  This will help make KI more easily available for those who want to buy it but are not able to make it to the distribution sites, or do not live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ).  Only those living within the 10-mile EPZ of McGuire or Catawba Nuclear Power Plants are eligible for the free KI distribution on Saturday, October 19 or Tuesday, October 22. 

Customers are encouraged to call first to ensure that the product is in stock.  The following pharmacies tell the Health Department they plan to stock KI for their customers.  Additions to this list will be added to the Health Department's Web site,

CVS Pharmacies: All locations

Harris Teeter Pharmacy  
Mountain Island Marketplace   
Highway 16/Mount Holly Huntersville Rd.   
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
2400-D Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

Giant Genie Pharmacy     
5033 South Blvd.      
Charlotte, NC      

General Stores Discount
6360 Highway 150 East
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Eckerd Drugs      
750 Hartness Rd.       
Mooresville, NC      

Lowery Drug Company
230 Plaza Drive
Statesville, NC  28677

KI tablets may also be purchased over the Internet at at 704-799-0409, or

North Carolina residents living within the 10-mile EPZ of either nuclear power plant may pick up free KI tablets at six locations (below) in Mecklenburg County on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesday, October 22, from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. 

Potassium iodide is not a replacement for evacuation.  KI only protects the thyroid gland from one form of radiation.  If there were an actual nuclear release, it would likely contain many types of radiation that may affect additional organs in the body.

KI is considered safe for most people but can cause minor side effects such as gastrointestinal disturbances and rashes.  Those who are allergic to iodine should not take KI.  Anyone who is not sure if they can take KI should talk to their doctor.  Do not take KI unless public health officials tell you to do so.

For more information about potassium iodide, log on to the Mecklenburg County Health Department's Web site at

Locations for Potassium Iodide Distribution
Distribution Times for ALL LOCATIONS: Saturday, Oct. 19
9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesday, Oct. 22 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Davidson United Methodist Church   
233 South Main Street Davidson,
NC Bethel Presbyterian Church 
19920 Bethel Church RoadCornelius, NC 
North Mecklenburg High School 
11201 North Old Statesville RoadHuntersville, NC 
Hornet's Nest Park 
6301 Beatties Ford RoadCharlotte, NC 
Charlotte Coliseum 
100 Paul Buck Blvd.Charlotte, NC 
Samaritan's Purse 
2345 Township Road Charlotte, NC 

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Media Contact: D.C. Lucchesi, 704-432-0344 or

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