Friday, August 18, 2006

Pepper Spray Nothing to Sneeze At

Sorry, couldn't help it! Please read this Melissa Soalt article on, "Pepper Spray's Strength Nothing to Sneeze At!"

They’re red hot, and they’ll make you swoon. No, it’s not a new rock band. I’m talking about pepper sprays – popular non-lethal devices that many women carry but few are trained to use. As with any weapon, there are subtleties and limitations, distinct pros and cons to their usage. You don’t just give a spritz and presto! – the bad guys drop at your feet.

Far more effective than tear gas (Mace), pepper spray contains a solution of oleoresin capsicum, better know as cayenne pepper, which is derived from red pepper plants. These O.C-based sprays are an inflammatory agent and can disable an individual for 20-30 minutes. When a person is sprayed in the face, the air passages and membranes swell, making it difficult to breathe. The spray typically produces intense choking, burning in the throat, face and eyes, and instant eye closure. It can also force the diaphragm to contract and cause an attacker to double over. “It’s like putting your hand on a hot stove and not being able to take it off,” notes a Denver police officer. “The pain keeps intensifying.”

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