Pepper spray is labeled a ‘non-lethal’ chemical agent used for police crowd control, individual self-defense, and sometimes in case of animal attacks. The chemical that makes it so potent is called capsaicin, which is derived from hot peppers.
Despite the ‘non-lethal’ label for pepper spray is a skin irritant, causing burning pain and excess drainage from eyes, nose, mouth and breathing passages. In addition, it can have dangerous consequences if ingested, or sprayed directly in the mouth/nasal membranes.
Pepper spray is more popular with authorities as an agent of control because of its immediate pain-causing qualities.
Be alert, the pepper spray canisters that do the most harm are easy to spot, they will be about the size of a large can of hairspray. Smaller hand-sized ones are also possible, but their stream and damage is not as dangerous as the larger ones. The large hand-held canisters…
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