•Prevention and Education Educating the public in
advance of outbreaks is imperative in
order to avoid panic and potentially harmful chemical responses.We
encourage each family to do its part at home with routine screening, early detection, accurate identification and thorough removal of lice and
•Environment Many of the same
chemicals potentially harmful to children when used to treat head lice and scabies also are
harmful to the environment.For example, lindane, a prescription treatment for head lice, is a persistent
bio-accumulative and toxic
chemical.The Lindane Usage Reduction
Project was the first major
program to convince physicians to change
the medications they prescribe based on environmental concerns.
•Research The NPA is at the
forefront of identifying lice resistance, issues associated with head lice and disease, new laboratory methods and related public health problems.
In 2001, the NPA and the Los
Angeles County Sanitation
District were awarded first
prize by the National Pollution Prevention
Roundtable for their work in the
Lindane Usage Reduction
Project, which resulted in the total ban of Lindane in the state of California.