Pepper spray is largely used as a torturing device against the protesters. Some consider it to be a useful method to deal with such situations while others are worried about danger they can pose to health. Some pepper spray has short term impact on health while the others are extremely dangerous for your health. The American Civil Liberties Union suggests that the use of pepper spray is dangerous and cruel and therefore must not be use against the protesters.
Ingredients of pepper spray that can pose harmful effect on health include:
And here's a quick rundown of what OC can do to various parts of your body (information mostly taken from this University of North Carolina and Duke University research paper):
Exposure to pepper spray with the above mentioned ingredients is likely to cause burning sensation in the skin. Blistering of skin, intense pain and allergic dermatitis are some of the consequences of pepper spray. In extreme cases person can even develop hypothermia.
So far, there seems to have no real effort that can help to quantify the risk pose by pepper spray. However, it is important to weight it’s danger against benefits, with good training and tactics the risks can be significantly reduced.
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