Childhood Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning in children is preventable.
Yet many children needlessly suffer from it, usually because
they've breathed in particles of lead-based paint from older
homes, some toys, and elsewhere. Once lead
poisoning occurs, the damage to a child's health is
permanent. Direct effects can include reading
disabilities, attention deficit, hyperactivity, and
behavioral problems. Many children need special medical care
and special education services. In addition, studies link as
much as 10 percent of juvenile delinquency to lead
Study links lead poisoning to Connecticut children's performance on achievement tests
Lawmakers act to end lead poisoning
A special session of the Connecticut General Assembly in June 2007 included passage of major
legislation aimed at ending childhood lead poisoning. Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed the bill into law on June 26, 2007.
The Facts about Lead Poisoning in Children
A May 2007 fact sheet prepared by the Commission on Children. Download as a PDF
Lead-paint toys and Connecticut law
This August 2007 report from the Office of Legislative
Research gives a summary on the topic.
Download as a PDF | Visit the OLR website
Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)
- Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program (LPPCP). The goal of LPPCP is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Connecticut by the year 2010.
- The Connecticut Lead
This report contains statewide and town-by-town information
on lead screening rates, the prevalence and incidence of
elevated blood lead levels (EBLL), compliance rates,
demographic data, and Medicaid screening and EBLL
statistics. 2009 report (PDF) | Previous reports
Action for Medicaid Primary Prevention (LAMPP)
This is an early-intervention and prevention program to
reduce lead hazards for Medicaid-eligible children under 6
years of age. Approaches include education of families and
their landlords, risk assessments, and low-cost interim
control measures. Contact information
CDC Lead Poisoning
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an arm
of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, is
committed to eliminating elevated blood lead levels in
children by 2010.
Visit the program's website
Federal Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC)
The Office was created in 1991 to eliminate lead-based paint
hazards in America's privately owned and low-income housing.
It describes itself as "unique among federal agencies
dealing with lead-based paint hazards" because it "brings
science to bear directly upon America's housing and provides
grants for communities to address their own lead paint
Visit the OHHLHC website
Toy recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
For the latest recalls, visit CPSC.gov.
Set up by the Ecology Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, this site lists toys according to type or brand and then identifies any chemicals found in them. Visit HealthyToys.org
This page was
last updated on
December 12, 2013