By Brian Lippai on Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is hosting a free potassium iodide (KI) distribution clinic on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Lacey Township High School from 12PM to 4PM. KI tablets are for residents that live in the 10 mile radius of the Oyster Creek Power Plant. But the health department is distributing more than just KI tablets, they will also be dishing out a variety of free health screening and educational services at this special event.


Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, said, "Our last free KI clinic was such a huge success with more than 820 people coming out and close to 6,000 tablets distributed. Because of the significant turnout, we decided it would be a great opportunity to expand the event by including several other health and educational programs in an effort to promote the many services the Ocean County Health Department provides for its residents."


Visitors can take advantage of free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.  Health department employees will also be on hand to offer free stroke risk assessments and medication management.

Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator, added, "We want everyone to take advantage of this event, not just the people in need of KI tablets. This is just part of our on-going commitment to keeping our community healthy and safe and this event is the perfect one-stop opportunity for us to showcase the many vital services and resources we provide."

Experts in the field of alcohol and drug prevention, intoxicated driver resources, environmental health, emergency preparedness and communicable disease will also be available to answer your questions, offer tips and have plenty of take home literature that will assist you and your family. A prescription drop off box is also being made available for residents to discard unwanted medicine.

Brian Lippai, OCHD Public Information Officer included, "We want to remind people that the distribution of KI tablets are for residents in need of pills or to exchange expired ones - not in response to any imminent danger or threat but as an emergency preparedness measure. The KI clinic is one of many types of clinics the health department provides throughout the year. Many people may be unaware that we provide these clinics and the many other valuable resources and services. That is why we are holding this special event.”

Residents that live and work in the following towns can pick up pills or exchange expired pills. Barnegat Light, Barnegat Township, Beachwood, Beach Haven, Berkeley Township, Toms River, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lacey Township, Long Beach Township, Pine Beach, Ocean Township (Waretown), Ocean Gate, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford, and Surf City.