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Lead, Asthma, and Healthy Homes

Lead Resources

Each year, more than 3,000 children in New Jersey are poisoned due to lead exposure. Lead is known to cause permanent neurological damage in children.

It lowers IQ levels, negatively affects academic performance, and increases all types of learning disabilities. Lead poisoning, even at very low levels, impairs development of parts of the brain that regulate behavior and mood and is associated with attention deficit disorder, impulsiveness, aggression, and higher rates of criminal behavior. Lead is so toxic that it is unsafe at any level.

In the U.S., the removal of lead from paint in 1978 and the final phase-out of lead in gasoline by 1986, resulted in a dramatic reduction in blood lead levels of children. As lead began to leave the environment, IQ increased and violent crimes in the general population went down. Numerous studies link the removal of lead in paint and gasoline to up to 90% of the reduction of violent crimes in the 1990s and increases in IQ of 5-7 points. However, the issue of lead is still prevalent in the environment in older housing stock, plumbing, and soil.

In NJ, the primary source of lead poisoning is chipping and peeling lead paint applied many years ago in poorly maintained housing. In 2014, testing found that 11 New Jersey cities and two counties had more children with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) than Flint, MI.

Out of the more than 1400 homes Isles tested in Trenton, more than 60% had enough lead present to affect a child’s IQ.

Learn more about the impact of lead, and Isles work to prevent lead poisoning below:

Isles Advocacy Work

Isles' Webinars on Lead Posioning Prevention

Research Studies on Lead

Articles about Isles' Lead Poisoning Prevention work in New Jersey