Dr. Robin Falkov hosts an encore interview with Adam, an Occupy Oakland activist, who relates how Maalox can be used to counter the effects of pepper spray.
Click here to listen to an excerpt of Adam’s Nov. 18 appearance on the radio show.
Pepper Spray Mace Information And Video
Though there is no way of completely neutralizing pepper spray, its effect can be minimized or stopped. As veteran chili eaters know, capsaicin is not soluble in water, and even large volumes of water will have little to no effect. It is, however, soluble in fats and oils, so milk or detergents can be used to blunt its effects and wash it off. North American street medics use a non-toxic eyedrop solution of 1:1 water and aluminum hydroxide (Maalox) which helps neutralize pepper spray and relieve symptoms.