Black children in the city of St. Louis account for more than 70% of children suffering from lead poisoning and are 2.4 times more likely than white children to test positive for lead in their blood.
-Environmental Racism in St. Louis
St. Louis asthma-related emergency room visits are one and a half times higher than statewide and a disproportionate share of those visits occur in Mid- and North County
-St. Louis County Department of Health
Lead paint was deemed dangerous and banned in 1978. 65% of Missouri homes were built before 1978. The entire city of St. Louis is considered a high-risk area for lead poisoning by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.