Letter: The price of lead

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The price of lead

We want to thank everyone who supported and voted to pass Senate Bill 247 on Wednesday in the House of Representatives. This was a great step forward to preventing children from being poisoned by lead. While the passing of the bill is a step in the right direction, there is still work to be done.

We need to raise awareness of the prevalence of lead in New Hampshire homes and the devastating, lifelong effects it can have on children. Even though SB 247 strengthens prevention efforts, it does not eradicate the threat of lead. Even if you live in a home built after 1978, there are still other places – school, day care, friend’s house – where your children can come in contact with lead. We can tell you from first-hand experience that living with the fact that your children were exposed to lead is terrifying.

Studies show a direct correlation between lead poisoning and crime rates and the need for special education. A 2014 study conducted in New Hampshire shows that the cost for special education and criminal activity committed by people with lead poisoning was more than $8 million in state money. Preventing childhood exposure to lead will save New Hampshire money in the long run.

As the bill moves to the Senate, we hope this bill is passed and put into law. It may be too late for our children to benefit from this law, but it is our hope that other families can be spared the pain and anguish our family has dealt with.