Ensuring children’s healthy growth and development should be a priority for all North Carolinians. Ending childhood lead exposure is one way to protect their long-term health. In North Carolina, public health officials have been working for more than 30 years to eliminate childhood lead poisoning – and have come very close to doing so. Child blood lead levels have dropped dramatically population-wide.
Unfortunately, some pockets of high exposure still remain – often in lower-income neighborhoods where older housing and buildings mean that old lead paint and lead pipes are still in use. Timely interventions that protect kids from exposure can help us eliminate childhood lead poisoning once and for all.