Potassium Iodide Distribution Program


The Long Beach Island Health Department distributes the KI pills
 at its office at 2119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom
by appointment
Call 609-492-1212


Potassium iodide (referred to chemically as KI) has been shown to be effective in preventing thyroid cancer in cases of exposure to radioactive iodine. If taken before or shortly after exposure, KI blocks the thyroid gland's ability to absorb radioactive iodine.

The pills are intended to be a supplement to evacuation and sheltering, the primary modes of protection in a radiological emergency.

Individuals who live or work within a ten (10) mile radius of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant are eligible to receive a free one-day supply  of potassium iodide (KI) pills. 

Municipalities within the 10-mile radius include Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley,  Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lacey, Long Beach, Pine Beach, Ocean (Waretown), Ocean Gate, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford, Surf City and Toms River.

If you have received KI pills in the past, check the expiration date. You can receive a replacement for outdated pills. Please bring expired pills for proper disposal.

  • KI pills will only be dispensed for the number of people living in the household.
  • Proof of residency is required.
  • Anyone allergic to iodine cannot receive the KI pill.
  • Anyone allergic to shellfish should consult their physician.
If you require any further information, please call 609-492-1212 and ask for a public health nurse.

Helpful Links
Frequently Asked Questions About KI (Potassium Iodide)

Information For Residents Near Oyster Creek Generating Station

Radiation  Learn More About Radiation and Health. http://emergency.cdc.gov/