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Full Chapter - Lead Poisoning

Produced by Jeffrey Feuer and Benjamin Hiller
Reviewed May 2017

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. Even a small amount can poison a child and can cause behavior, learning and/or 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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