Differences between lead-based paint and traditional paint

After being known as toxic for many years, lead is still poisoning thousands of Midwestern children, and the numbers in St. Joseph are surprisingly high compared to the rest of the state.

Missouri is the No. 1 lead-producing state in the country. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 65% of Missouri housing was built before 1978, a time when lead-based paint was widely used. It was not until 1978 that lead-based paint was banned nationally, resulting in many older homes still containing toxic chemicals.

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