The Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control has identified October 21 – October 27, 2007, as the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This week is used to hi-light the problems associated with pediatric lead poisoning. This year the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services will be paying particular attention to the massive toy recalls initiated by several manufacturers.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was responsible for recalling millions of toys after determining they contained excessive amounts of lead. The CDC estimates that nearly half a million children living the U.S. have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health.
The Center for Disease Control is asking that all State Health Departments participate in the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week along with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development to raise awareness with this year’s NLPPW theme, “Protect Our Most Valuable Resource – Our Children.” In commemoration of NLPPW, events such as State Proclamations, free screenings, lead-awareness community events, and educational campaigns will be conducted nationwide. For more information about childhood lead poisoning, you may contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-5323 (LEAD).