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Week: 599.5 

Guest: Heather Paul, Exec. Dir., National Safe Kids Campaign 

Topic: Lead poisoning in kids 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Getting the lead out....coming up... 

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma. The National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362. 

NEMA: It can cause learning difficulties and lower intelligence....Heather Paul of the National Safe Kids Campaign says lead poisoning continues to affect our children...  

PAUL: Unfortunately we still have over 3 million children ages 5 and under that suffer from lead poisoning in the US right now. And those are just the ones we know about. And the most common cause of lead poisoning is from the inhalation of dust from deteriorating lead based paint. So we always reccomend that any apartment dweller or home owner living in space that was constructed before 1978, they better have, check with their landlord or have some sort of abatement specialist come in and check for lead based paint... because its very, very dangerous. 

NEMA: Children between 1 and 3 years of age are at greatest risk. Because of their size, even small amounts of lead dust can mean high lead blood levels....and big problems over time. Do you know whether the paint in your apartment or house contains lead? Find out! I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.