Today I received a voucher in the mail from the MI Dept of Community Health offering free potassium iodide (KI)--an iodine pill for me to take in case there is a nuclear power plant emergency and radiation is released (the pill is supposed to protect the thyroid gland from radiation for 24 hrs). According to the voucher, everyone living w/in 10 miles of Cook received one of these vouchers.
I have lived at the same address for 10 years now. Cook Nuclear has been operating for much longer than that. This is the first time I've ever received a voucher for free KI.
Is this a new program? If so, are we really in more danger from a nuclear emergency now than we were in 2001? Or is this another "the-world-is-a-scary-place-so-you-must-trust-the-government-to-take-care-of-you" program?
After the last year or so of government fear tactics/manipulation (yes, I know government use of fear tactics has been around longer than that), I have to ask, why are they doing this now? Does anyone have any information on how and why this program was initiated? Are other states doing this also?
And of course, one has to wonder how the State of MI came up with the funding for this program when the state economy has reportedly been in such dire straits the past few years. To hear the State Senate/House of Reps tell it, they are just barely squeaking by. They can't be that bad off if they have plenty of our money for this program. Some state and federal programs need to be axed entirely.
The KI distribution may very well be a good idea; I'm all for safety and being prepared. But I suspect this whole program is designed to play into the larger "big brother" issue. It's voluntary, yes, but perhaps the real purpose is to demonstrate that the State of Michigan should be trusted to make our health decisions in the future.
If anyone has any information on this program, please share! And should we as a group research this and write to our elected officials and tell them to discontinue this program?