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Greenwich First Selectman Says Westport Imperils Residents’ Health by Pill Distribution

Greenwichs First Selectman, under pressure from residents for not distributing radiation-protecting potassium iodide pills in his town, says WestportҒs distribution of the pills puts the health of Westporters at risk.

At least thats according to an account in Greenwich Time of a meeting on emergency preparedness Friday at the Greenwich YMCA involving First Selectman Richard Bergstresser and other town officials.

According to the newspaper, Bergstresser defended the town’s decision not to hand out potassium iodide pills—which can help reduce radiation-induced thyroid cancer—by saying Westport and other municipalities that have distributed them are putting residents at risk because the pills could be harmful if taken prematurely.

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