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Potassium Iodide now under .gov distribution

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Silver Fox, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    My little brother in Oregon was filling a prescription at the pharmacy and was casually chatting about things and had just been informed that our government was now restricting potassium iodide.

    Someone may want to confirm this.

    SF-
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Glad I stocked up years ago, including a 9 lb food grade cannister
     
  3. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    Blitz, have you detected any radiation on your counter yet? I wish I could have gotten some, too late now.
     
  4. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    I remember after 911 seeing in the isles at freddies.
     
  5. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a dosimeter deployed and I use a rad meter several times a day..Lacey area.. nothing reportable so far but Sacramento and Seattle have reported small increases in the last 24 hours
     
  6. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    They're all over ebay and available to buy. So maybe someone just didn't know what they were talkin about to your bro. This stuff has an expiration date, so don't over stock it. Blitz, thanks for the update. I haven't eaten any of mine, figuring that the radiation from Japan is not an issue to me. I'll save it for a dirty bomb they let off in a container ship in my city or something severe like that.
    Potassium Iodide items - Get great deals on Health Beauty, Sporting Goods items on eBay.com!
     
  7. Karma

    Karma the woods in Oregon Active Member

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    My dad has been using a dosimeter and a rad meter down in the Salem area. Nothing yet.
     
  8. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    18 bucks on amazon shipped from MFG.
     
  9. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The levels are so low unless you have VERY sophisticated equipment you won't be able to detect anything. UW reported yesterday the highest they recorded was 40,000 times below the level that would be a risk. Most warning equipment will not register anything until it gets near the danger level. At least the equipment issued to the military that I have been around works that way.
     
  10. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I did a little browsing on Amazon a couple days in. Saw plenty still available, at reasonable prices, and I saw one place selling a 14 day blister pack for $134.00. I guess one man's misfortune is another's gain.
     
  11. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    I have read that potassium iodide doesn't expire because it is stable but the manufacturers have to put one on there because it's a "drug", but even then it's many years away. My bottle says 2019 and I'd still take it in 2025.
     
  12. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Beware of 'fake' potassium iodide: FDA - Mar. 18, 2011

    Worth sharing part of that link: "There are only three FDA-approved potassium iodide products that protect against radiation. The agency's website identifies them as Iosat, made by Anbex; ThyroSafe from Recipharm AB; and ThyroShield from Fleming & Co.

    At all three companies, the products are currently out of stock, according to their websites. "
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Ignore the expiration date if you have it stored cool and in the original containers. That's just an FDA requirement

    At this time I would not take the iodine, but keep watch in case the Japan thing gets a lot worse
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Please report anything he does detect..
     
  15. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Food grade potassium iodide crystals can be bought from chemical supply warehouses. You'll have to have an accurate scale and make some kind of small scoop out of a piece of hard wood or something. All you need is an 1/8th inch drill bit, keep drilling a little bit at a time till it holds the right dose. A 4 oz jar would save a very large family from a major disaster

    Keep in mind that radioactive iodine is just one danger. You really need NBC suits, gas masks, rubber gloves and rubber boots or NBC or other galoshes. I do have British NBC suits for sale or trade in the non firearms forum here.. I used to sell these types of items and of course I'm also a prepper
     
  16. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    I eat to much fish and heavy metals to really wory about radiation problems.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    We'll use you as our zombie bait at night :bluelaugh:
     
  18. Karma

    Karma the woods in Oregon Active Member

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    Will do.
     
  19. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Same here.
     
  20. lunalupis

    lunalupis Oregon, ecotopia Member

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    seaweed.... it's got a natural source of what you need! just make sure you get the right kind! do your research!