09/27/2012

Study: No extra risk to TASER youth vs. adults

Adolescents stunned by a less-lethal device do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Adolescents who are tasered by law enforcement officers do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults, according to new a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers.

This latest research from Wake Forest Baptist is the first to specifically investigate Taser use on adolescents. Lead author Alison R. Gardner, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist, found no major differences in the injury rates or types of injuries to youth when compared to adults.

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