As People Fear Radiation, Potassium Iodide Flies off the Shelves
POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 7:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 3:14pm
El Pasoans fearful of the radiation in Japan making it into the Borderland are buying pills to protect themselves.
Just like in other parts of the country, Elizabeth Tarin from Sun Harvest says potassium iodide is flying off the shelves in El Paso.
"On Saturday we barely got a shipment of it and when I came back to work it was all gone," Tarin said.
But, some say the possibility of El Paso being effected is slim to none.
"In my opinion, I don't believe that El Paso has an exposure risk," Payan said.
While taking this pill could protect you from radiation, pharmacist Michelle Payan, says taking that amount of iodine could do more harm than good.
"Certain skin conditions, thyroid disorder, disorders can be exacerbated and pregnant women should avoid taking it," Payan said.
Payan says people are already getting sick from taking an unnecessary drug.
"Take exact doses of it. The Poison Control Center has been reporting illnesses as a result of improper use already," Payan said.
Even though El Paso isn't at risk, stores like Sun Harvest are having to double their shipments.
"Our quantities have been increased because of the high demand for them," Tarin said.
And empty shelves like these have customers asking...
"When are you going to get it in and how long is it going to take," Tarin said.