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As People Fear Radiation, Potassium Iodide Flies off the Shelves

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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.

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Okay this is just like the scare that the goverment did when they said "incase of a chemical attack have plenty of water and duck tape."

Okay ducktape? Yah, that ain't gonna do anything and secondly the levels of radiation is the same as in getting an x-ray or a scan at the airport.

Seriously people you live in el paso not cali...come on. What do you think a radio active squirrel is gonna come to el paso and spread it?

To funny!!!

evidence of how ignorance directly affects a population. people are concerned about a non-existent radiation threat from thousands of miles away while TSA pumps measurable doses of radiation into travelers at our airport here every single day. the irony is rich.

Really, I mean Really? Look we don't have anything to worry about when it comes to fall out from Japan. Now drug gangs in Mexico....

There are always folks who are afraid of their shadows. They will believe anything the gubmint shouts their way. That's one reason our country is in such a terrible fix right now. Please, get a grip! Even if a slight trace of Japan's radiation should come our direction, it will be so reduced in potency that you have nothing to fear! Use your noggin, as my mother used to tell me!

People are so naive. This drug has limited applications for protection against radioactivity.

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