NH offering free testing for lead in toys, blood

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is conducting free tests on blood and toys in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

The goal of the initiative is to increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention.

The free tests are being offered on Monday at the State House lawn from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Wednesday, there will be a showing at the Red River Theatre in Concord of the documentary, “MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic” on children. Local and national lead experts will participate in a panel discussion afterward.

“Lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms so it frequently goes unrecognized,” said Dr. José Montero, director of Public Health at the health department. “A key to stopping lead poisoning in children is for parents to have their homes tested, have their children tested and learn how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.”

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