Damaged Lives: Lead's Toxic Toll; Children poisoned as lead cleanups fail; Data pinpoint poisoned blocks

Number 20369
Subject Health
Source Detroit Free Press
State Michigan
Year 2003
Publication Date January 21, 22, 23, 24, 25; July 29; October 28
Summary A Detroit Free Press series on children and lead poisoning. It looks at how lead cleanups are failing and the effects of lead poisoning on children. "A Free Press investigation has found that the toll is needlessly high--the result of a national lead strategy that is disjointed, bureaucratically tangled and not nearly expansive enough to solve a problem that has led to the poisoning of 2. 5 million Americans in the last decade." It also reports that "currently, an estimated 300,000 U.S. children--including 22,000 in Michigan--face lives of reduced intelligence and diminished futures because of lead." A follow up of the original series found that government funding is not targeting areas where kids most in need live.
Pages 144
Keywords lead poisoning;children;public health;lead;poor children;lead hazards;national lead strategy;lead cleanup;lead paint
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