Attention concerning the hazards of lead in our everyday lives has recently focused nationally on toys and candies, and locally on the water fountains in our schools. Despite these worrisome “new” sources of lead exposure, the overall trend in Southern California over the last decade has been extremely positive. Screening for lead poisoning has become much more comprehensive and the average blood lead level in both adults and children has dropped significantly.
I believe that Lead should be banned in the United States. This is because Lead has been proved to be poisonous especially in large quantities. It should be banned simply because if people are told to use in less quantities, they will not adhere to this. But if it is banned, then this will stop any possible effect.
Lead is present in drinking water in the United States. In Flint, Michigan, the presence of lead in the water has reached a crisis point. Children are being poisoned and there is no way to reverse the debilitating effects of lead poisoning. If Flint is any indication of the future for the rest of the country, lead should be prohibited immediately in the United States before all of our drinking water is contaminated.
Although science has demonstrated that lead in large quantities is detrimental to human health, it is my belief that it should not be banned. Lead has many valuable industrial uses. Instead, levels of lead should be carefully monitored and regulated by the government to ensure that risks to health are minimized.