Technically a “non-lethal” weapon, Pepper Spray works notoriously well to stop attackers in their tracks. It will even close the eyes of the most violent attackers!
Part of the very comprehensive training for Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) involves exposing them to the effects of Pepper Spray. One Agent described it as feeling “like a blanket comes down.”
Everything that ‘runs’ and that is connected with breathing is instantly overtaken – your nose runs, your eyes tear up, your throat constricts.
Although the most debilitating effects typically fade in a matter of minutes – minutes that may seem interminable to the person who is experiencing those effects! -- the aftermath may linger; headache, feeling ill.
Though not anything like the drastic scrub-brush decontamination process that was horrifyingly depicted in the landmark movie Silkwood, which dramatized the dangers of radioactive contamination, Pepper Spray contamination/exposure does require you to shower and wash anything, like your clothes, that came in contact.
Interview 6/17/2010 with FBI Special Agent Lauren Schuler.
The Evolution and Development of Police Technology: A Technical Report prepared for The National Committee on Criminal Justice Technology National Institute of Justice July 1, 1998.