Lead poisoning is still a problem for Indiana children.
What is worse is that the health effects are irreversible but the problem is preventable. If a child is not exposed to lead, then they do not get lead poisoning. Even small amounts of lead can cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence; speech, language, and behavior problems; and IQ scores 4-7 points lower than their peers.
Most sources of lead exposure to children have been dramatically reduced. But we have a legacy that must be addressed – the legacy of deteriorating lead-based paint. And with 10-15 percent of children in some Indiana neighborhoods having elevated blood lead levels, the problem must be addressed. Most of IKE’s work has been through the Lead-Safe Indiana Task Force, which it formed in September of 1999.