Lead Poisoning

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 25:

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

A Cleveland partnership is wrapping up its lead testing of students in the city’s schools for this year. 

Mound Elementary School Nurse Angelique King reassures kindergartener Darrel as she pricks his finger and begins to collect in a small vile the drops of blood that gather on his skin.

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ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

Cleveland has a lead problem. That’s according to a school official who is now working to make sure children in the district get tested for lead exposure.

Debbie Aloshen is the director of health and nursing services for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  She says "lead is one of the most underreported diseases there is.” 

Aloshen says she’s seen lead exposure manifest itself in children in a variety of ways—creating mental, behavioral, and even severe physical problems.

JEFF JOHNSON
CLEVELAND CITY COUNCIL

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson is proposing a new law to track and reduce lead hazards in the city. The ordinance would affect rental properties, schools and other public buildings, and private homes built before 1978.

The proposal also includes grants through city and non-profit organizations to pay for inspectors to check the buildings. The grants would pay part of the inspection cost for landlords and all of it for private homeowners.

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