The risk of lead poisoning is highest in children and pregnant women. Children absorb 30-75 percent of the lead they ingest; adults absorb only 11 percent. Effects of lead poisoning include:

  • Damage to the brain, kidneys and red blood cells

  • Coma and convulsions

  • High blood pressure

  • Slowed physical growth, hearing problems and reduced intelligence in children.

Lead and Copper