Researchers Say Policymakers Should Focus
on Lead Poisoning in Children
In 2010, a research study done by George Mason University suggested it’s time to re-examine the dangers of lead exposure in children. Six years later, this study is still pertinent in its perceptive warnings.
The study states that “policymakers should lower the allowable lead level requirements, increase regulation on lead pipes and imported toys that might contain lead and require homeowners to test houses for lead levels in water supplies.”
Though an extensive amount of research has been done on the effects of high lead levels on children, new research continues to show that low levels of lead exposure have a negative effect on a child’s development.
Children in low-income families are more likely to be exposed to lead than others, but the fact remains that children in all socio-economic levels are at high risk for lead poisoning. Lead affects the brain by replacing calcium and other mineral in bone and tissue. It disrupts reactions in the brain and can harm a child’s development over a long period of time.
“We would like to encourage better collaboration among government agencies,” says Claire Cole, one of the study’s authors. “There is a lot of great information out there, but it needs to be accessible to the general public.”
With its mission to advance the research on lead exposure, CLEARCorps encourages all policymakers and government agencies to collaborate and develop overall approaches to intervention and policies – to improve children’s educational, social, and economic futures.