HEALTH

State launches hotline to inform residents about lead concerns

BY Justin Cook |

Amid the ongoing lead in water crisis in Newark, state officials are launching a hotline to answer residents’ questions about possible health effects of lead exposure.

On Thursday, Gov. Murphy and the NJ Poison Control Center announced a 24/7 Health Hotline for those who have questions and comments about the health effects of lead exposure.

Callers can ask about where to get water filters and how to participate in Newark’s lead service line replacement program.

“Young children and pregnant women are most at risk for lead exposure. Even low levels of lead in blood can affect a child’s ability to pay attention, achieve milestones at school and may even cause behavioral problems. Most children with lead exposure don’t exhibit symptoms. That’s why it’s so important that children under six, nursing mothers and pregnant women to be tested for lead exposure,” said New Jersey Department of Health Acting Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Trained medical professionals will be on-call 24/7, with assistance available in 150 languages.

Residents can reach the Health Hotline at 1-866-448-2432.