“Through Maryland’s highly successful lead program we have reduced lead poisoning by more than 98 percent. But this disease is completely preventable. We cannot and will not let up in our work to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in our state."
“Working with our partners, including Baltimore City and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Maryland has made significant gains to protect our children, particularly those who live in older rental housing. But we must do more. Childhood lead poisoning can occur in any housing built before 1978. Legislation passed this year and signed into law will allow us to reach more children who might be affected by lead paint dust – and allow us to prevent more children from being poisoned in the first place.”
-- Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
"Lead poisoning can rob children of their potential. There has been remarkable progress in Maryland over the past two decades, but there is still work to do. Continued progress depends on addressing at-risk housing, expanding efforts to prevent low-level exposure, and ensuring that children are appropriately screened and tested. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will continue to work with MDE and our partners to eliminate lead poisoning in Maryland."
-- Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
"Baltimore City remains committed to prevention efforts that have succeeded in significantly reducing the number of Baltimore City children exposed to lead over the past decade. The decline in numbers also reflects innovative partnerships between the health department, housing department and non-profit groups such as Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning."
-- Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City
“While we are heartened to see the continued decrease in the number of poisoning cases reported above 10ug/dL, it is clear there is much work to be done to educate the public on the impact of very low level poisoning and to debunk the myths about who is getting poisoned. We are seeing an increasing number of kids poisoned in homeowner occupied properties often because of unsafe renovation practices. We are hopeful that the new CDC Guidelines and the new legislation in Maryland will help attack this problem quickly, but its clear new resources will have to be invested to ensure success."
“Kids poisoned by lead are not only less likely to be able to read but have higher rates of violent behavior and are seven times more likely to drop out of school. All of this is very costly and unnecessary as lead poisoning is entirely preventable.”
-- Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning