Lead poisoning is a lifelong condition that can cause learning disabilities, low I.Q., and even increase the likelihood of criminal activity.
Lead paint was banned in the United States in the 1970s, but lead poisoning is still a risk to children. This is National Lead Poisoning Awareness Week, and this national movement has special significance locally.
In the last year, more than 400 Toledo children were poisoned by lead, according to Toledo’s Lead Safe coordinator, Stephanie Beebe. She also says that Toledo is one of the worst cities in regards to lead poisoning because most of our homes were built prior to the 1978 lead paint ban.