Professor discusses effects of bear deterrent following discharge in Connecticut hotel

Richards, VictoriaVictoria Richards, an assistant professor of medical sciences at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, is available to discuss the effects of bear deterrent.

An intoxicated woman reportedly discharged a large canister inside of a Milford hotel Wednesday night, resulting in an evacuation.

“Anyone who uses pepper spray should undergo adequate training on proper use and storage,” Richards said. “Although these types of sprays are used for both self-protection and crowd control, this bear spray would probably contain a certain percentage of oleoresin capsicum to deter the animal long enough for a person to hopefully escape. Oleoresin capsicum is both a direct irritant but also can produce a local inflammatory response.  Exposure can cause respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, a burning feeling in the throat, etc., and ocular symptoms, including corneal abrasion. Those exposed can also suffer from temporary panic and disorientation.”

Richards will teach pharmacology and toxicology.

To speak to Richards, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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