There’s a run on potassium iodide pills in the US, because of fears that Japan’s nuclear reactors could melt down and send radiation to the United States. While it’s possible that a small amount of very diluted radiation will reach the US West Coast, it’s also very unlikely that anyone would notice. Because the radiation will be so weak, it’s not going to be harmful to anyone. However, that’s not stopping some people from stocking up on the pills that they need to protect themselves if radiation does make it to the shores of the US. While experts assure them that they are safe, they go right ahead and purchase pills so that they have them handy if they need them.
These pills are not something to be taken lightly, though, as they can cause harm in large doses or if they are taken for too long. Anyone considering spending money on them may be wise to wait and see what happens, instead of panicking. The government is monitoring the situation, and will let people know if there is cause for concern. That way, people won’t be wasting their money on treatments that they don’t need, and they won’t be endangering others who really do need the pills but can’t get them because others have bought up all of the supply. Consider your spending carefully, as well as the health and well-being of others, and you can make a good determination as to whether you need to purchase potassium iodide or not.