Lead Poisoning


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September 2017

Produced by Jeffrey Feuer and Benjamin Hiller
Created July 2008

Lead poisoning is a serious medical problem that each year affects hundreds of young children in Massachusetts because the house or apartment they live in contains dangerous levels of lead paint. Lead is so harmful that even a small amount can poison a child and can cause behavior, learning and physical problems that can require medical treatment or special education assistance. In addition, lead in the body of a pregnant woman can hurt her baby before birth and cause problems with the pregnancy. This chapter will tell you about:

  • The dangers of lead poisoning,
  • How you can find out if there is lead in your home or apartment,
  • What to do if there is lead, and
  • What protections the law provides for you and your children.

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