Monday, 18 February 2013

Lead Exposure Linked to Higher Risk of Juvenile Delinquency


Pediatricians have always been concerned about the risks to children from continuous exposure to lead in their environment.  Such exposure can be through old peeling paint in homes, lead in the soil, and old pipes.  Lead exposure can lead to lead poisoning, which can have serious health effects in newborns, children and pregnant women.  A new study however also links lead poisoning to a much higher risk of juvenile delinquency. 
According to the research, which analyzed data from the US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, approximately half a million children between the age of one and 5 have blood lead levels which are higher than the level recommended by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.  The researchers suggest that having such high levels of lead toxicity in the blood, can possibly lead to juvenile delinquency. 
According to the researchers, the amount of lead exposure does not have to be massive for there to be some kind of effect on the person's behavior, which could possibly lead to an increased risk of juvenile delinquency.  Even small quantities of lead exposure can be toxic enough to have such harmful effects.
Overall, the researchers have concluded from the study that there are many benefits to be gained from enacting legislation to reduce the amount of lead exposure in the environment.  According to them, taking steps to reduce lead exposure could reduce crime, and could also increase high school graduation rates. 
The results of the study should be very interesting to any Alabama criminaldefense attorney, because the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention estimates that children in at least 4 million households in America are frequently exposed to lead poisoning.