Health Effects

There is no safe amount of lead exposure.

Lead is a poison that affects nearly every system in the body, including the brain and nervous system. It can be found in drinking water, peeling and chipping paint (if the home or building was built before 1978), dust and soil. It can also be found in certain jobs and hobbies, as well as household items such as spices, toys and jewelry. The effects of lead exposure can be permanent if not identified early and developmental support received. Unborn babies, children under five, and pregnant women are most at risk to the health impacts of lead.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There is NO safe amount of lead exposure.

Elevated Levels of Lead in the Blood Contribute to:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems (reduced IQ, ADHD, juvenile delinquency, and criminal behavior)
  • Hearing and speech problems
  • Other signs can include: kidney disease, hypertension, heart disease, anemia, miscarriage, stillbirths, and infertility in both men and women.

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