riot control agent

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

riot control agent

The formal term for any of those vaporized chemicals (such as chloroacetophenone and chlorobenzylidene malononitrile) used in tear gas. These agents cause irritation on contact, e.g., to the skin, eyes, or respiratory mucosa, and produce visual blurring, itching and burning of the skin, coughing, wheezing, nausea or vomiting, and occasionally asphyxia.

Patient care

To reduce the effects of a tear gas exposure, remove the victim's clothes and wash the skin and hair promptly and thoroughly in soapy water. Rinse exposed eyes with sterile liquids. Patients who develop asthma or wheezing should be treated with bronchodilators such as albuterol.

See also: agent
References in periodicals archive ?
These are the individual riot control agent disperser (M39) and trainer (M40), the vehicle lightweight arresting device, an expandable baton, a family of restraints--strap cinch, full body restraint and disposable tri-fold--and the advanced XM26E Taser.
When inhaled, the riot control agent causes breathing difficulties, skin irritation and the eyes to sting.
that "there is some form of chemical used" but it could well be a riot control agent used in the wrong way.