UWM study finds over half of gun violence perpetrators and victims had elevated blood lead levels as children

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From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 19, 2019.

UWM study finds over half of gun violence perpetrators and victims had elevated blood lead levels as children.

More than half of the people who were perpetrators or victims of gun violence in Milwaukee in recent years had elevated blood lead levels as children, according to a study released Friday by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The study of nearly 90,000 residents, conducted at the University’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, suggests a link between early childhood lead exposure and gun violence in later years.

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