Baltimore City Council Looks to Step Up Fight Against Lead


Baltimore used to have the highest rate of lead poisoning and the city Baltimore-City-Hall.jpgcouncil wants to continue to focus on this issue. "Until it is totally wiped out in Baltimore City, we should not be satisifed," commented Baltimore City Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke.

While cases have dropped significantly since 2002, there have been over 26,000 children with elevated blood lead levels in the past decade. The lack of recent progress is likely due to limited resources and funding. There are fewer than 12 inspectors to oversee 400,000 rental units in the state. Lead exposure predominantly affects lower-income families, and causes cognitive and behavioral issues, among other irreversible symptoms. This issue will not be truly addressed until sufficient funding and resources are available.  

The city council will hold a hearing on Feburary 4th, where city and state officials, as well as those who have been affected by lead will have the opportunity to speak. 

If you believe that you or your child has been exposed to lead, contact your healthcare provider. 

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