|Environmental Toxins Cost Michigan Nearly $6B Annually|
|Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00|
Childhood illnesses linked to environmental toxins are costing the state billions of dollars, according to a new study by the Ecology Center and the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.
The study looked at four different diseases that have been linked to environmental toxins: lead poisoning, asthma, pediatric cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and cerebral palsy.
Aviva Glaser was the study's lead author. She says treating those environmentally related diseases cost Michigan an average of $5.8 billion annually:
"The direct costs were hospitalizations, medications, that kind of stuff. But indirect costs took into account things like missed school days, which leads to lost work earnings for parents of children who are sick."