Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

Targeting Proactive Inspections for Lead Hazards The Challenge Lead poisoning imposes lifelong health and economic costs on hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. A ban on leaded consumer products in the United States was not enacted until the late 1970s (Needleman, 1998). To this day, lead in paint remains a significant hazard to children in particular. Exposure to lead is associated with premature birth, edema, herniation, atrophy, and white-matter degeneration (Cleveland, et al, 2008; Bellinger, 2008). Elevated blood lead levels are associated with lower IQ in children as well as with poorer achievement on reading and math standardized tests in the third grade (Evens et al, 2015). Lead also correlates with crime rates (e.g. Stretesky and Lynch, 2004). Lead-related child health issues conservatively bear a…


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