Lead paint and child poverty [Letter]

  • A Sun file photo shows detail of lead paint in a historic building.
A Sun file photo shows detail of lead paint in a historic building. (Jed Kirschbaum )
June 10, 2014

Timothy Wheeler and Meredith Cohn's article on lead-paint lawsuits underscores a much larger issue in Baltimore: Most lead-poisoned children live in poverty ("Lead-paint lawsuits dogs Kennedy Krieger," June 7). Adverse childhood experiences such as community violence, discrimination, parental separation and divorce, incarceration and malnutrition are increasingly appreciated as circumstances that make children more vulnerable to environmental toxins like lead.

Lead abatement doesn't completely remove lead from homes. Eliminating child poverty provides the means for families to live in better, lead-free residences.

Dr. Dan Levy, Baltimore

The writer is past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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