A few weeks ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a piece by David Bellinger about the lead contamination of water in Flint. Bellinger calls it a abject public health failure. It’s a good article about the health problems associated with lead poisoning, and Bellinger dives a little into the financial problems that led to such a crisis.
I’ve been trying to come up with a good post about what has occurred in Flint, although with all of the information out there in the mainstream media, and along with this article, I honestly don’t think much commentary is needed.
But I will add this. Flint is not the end of this crisis; it is only the beginning. It is but a cautionary tale. There are hundreds if not thousands of communities just like Flint – once great industrial centers that have fallen into poverty and with it their infrastructure. That decline is due to a variety of factors – many of which are politically charged and I won’t get into that now – but whatever the reason, Flint is not alone.