Potassium Iodide Need is on the Rise Despite Growing Nuclear Fears

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The looming danger of nuclear conflict is making it difficult to find potassium iodide tablets. These pills may offer some protection from radiation.

Fears of radiation-blocking tablet scarcity have led to panic buying. A U.S. distributor has even declared that the tablets are available for purchase. “We are out of stock.”

Social media is also gaining popularity. Taylor Kenney has a TikTok prepper page and keeps a stash potassium iodide tablets. She said she ordered them online several years ago.

“At that time they were really cheap. I know now prices have been skyrocketing, because so many people are afraid,” Kenney said.

In a statement, CDC warns: “People should take potassium iodide only on the advice of public health or emergency management officials.”

Some doctors believe that the tablets are of limited value after a nuclear disaster. 

“This is strictly if there’s an accident. It’s a stopgap measure, and you shouldn’t be taking it continuously,”Inside Edition: Dr. Leigh Vinocur, an emergency physician, told Inside Edition.