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Childhood Lead Poisoning

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Lead poisoning remains a major environmental hazard facing children in the United States.  Currently, at least four million households have children that are being exposed to high levels of lead.

 Everybody agrees that there is no "safe" level of lead exposure. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the negative health effects can be life-long if it is not treated early. The effects are most harmful to children under age six because lead can be easily absorbed into their growing bodies. 

 The Durham County’s Lead Education and Assessment Program (LEAP) is working to change this problem in our community by offering several services to increase lead education and awareness.

 Our services include:

  green_arrow  1.  Free on-site lead testing for children ages six months to six years old. Lead testing consists of a simple finger stick. Parents will be provided lead results within three to four weeks.  
  green_arrow  2.  Lead poisoning workshops to provide childcare providers and parents with strategies to reduce lead exposure.  
  green_arrow  3.  Interactive hand washing lessons for preschoolers.