Pepper spray effects

Pepper spray effects

The National Institute of Justice published a study on pepper spray’s effects on ability to breathe.

Oleoresin capsicum (OC), or pepper spray, has gained wide acceptance in law enforcement as a swift and effective way to subdue violent and dangerous suspects in the field with relatively little force.

However, it has been argued that OC spray, when used in combination with physical restraints, can lead to significant respiratory compromise, including asphyxiation and death.

Inf.: “Pepper Spray,” (NCJ 188069), www. ncjrs. org/pdffiles 1188069.pdf

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