High levels of radiation not expected to reach the West Coast » Kitsap Sun: "Scott Lindquist, director of the Kitsap County Health District, advised local residents against using — or even buying — potassium iodide or other compounds to protect against radiation.
It appears, said Lindquist, that people are buying up supplies of potassium iodide from local stores.
'In my mind, we have to balance the risk of radiation against the risk of any medication we are going to take,' he said. 'It blows my mind that people are pulling this (KI) off the shelf. There are people in Japan who will need this.'
Since supplies may be limited, U.S. companies should be directing their available supplies to Japan, he said.
If there were a need for potassium iodide in Kitsap County, Lindquist said he would be able to treat the population from the Strategic National Stockpile. Within hours, he said, the medication could be distributed in preselected locations in every part of Kitsap County."