Sales of potassium iodide pills, known popularly for their reported ability to ward off radiation sickness, spiked in the wake of nuclear war rhetoric between North Korea and US President Donald Trump that made international headlines in the first few days of the new year. Purchases of the pills also follow a continuing trend of popular thinking that some form of conflict will occur between the US and North Korea in the near future.
NPR reported this week that the nuclear war of words between the leader of North Korea, via his words issued during his annual new year's address, and President Trump, posted on his Twitter page, seemed to have prompted a marked increase in demand for potassium iodide, the over-the-counter medication that protects against radiation poisoning. One online retailer, www.nukepills.com, noted that its sales in sodium iodide in just two days (140,000 dosage orders), also known as "KI," increased by nearly 17 times its average weekly shipping order. CEO Troy Jones told NPR that without Trump's tweet, the company's shipments would have been around 8,400.
For those who missed President Trump's tweet that allegedly generated the jump in radiation pill sales: