Detroit Free Press freep.com 18 Oct, 2020 03:45 am

Detroit demolitions never stopped as promised

Detroit demolitions never stopped as promised
A city task force found a potential link between demolitions in Detroit and lead levels of children who live nearby. This is what happened next.

Ashleigh Adams, a city health department employee, tests the lead levels of Lyriq Wilson during a community bazaar put on by Sonia Brown, also known as Auntie Na, on Saturday, Oct.Dozier, Detroit Free Press A 2017 Detroit Health Department task force report concluded there was a potential link between the high number of demolitions occurring in the city during the summer months and elevated blood lead levels of children who live near the demolition sites.Elevated lead levels among Detroit's children are all too common in many corners of the city.In 2018, the most recent year for which data is publicly available, 14% or 99 of the 706 children under age 6 tested in 48204 had blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter.

, lead paint and dust in homes may account for up to 70% of childhood cases of elevated blood lead levels, according to one 2008 study.Black children have the highest rates of elevated blood lead levels, according to a national study published in February.

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