Lead Poisoning

Study: Many Ohio children not being tested for lead

About 19-thousand children in Ohio have unsafe levels of lead in their blood and fewer than one-third of them have been tested or diagnosed with lead poisoning. That's according to a new report out this week from the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy organization. The group says these children fall through the cracks because many doctors don't test all kids for lead, leaving it up to parents to push for testing. State officials from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Health Department agree. They say a new law that went into effect April First should change that. The new law requires that all children under six who live in high-risk areas of the state be tested. Doctors also must screen all other children by asking about their living situations and doing testing when necessary.