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CVS now requires ID for nail polish to limit meth production

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(PIX11) – Have your ID’s ready the next time you want to buy nail polish remover from CVS.

CVS pharmacy customers will not only have to show ID but are now limited to the number of bottles they can buy.


This new policy is in place because the drugstore chain is joining the effort against the making of meth.

CVS issued the following statement:

““Because acetone is an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we recently implemented a policy that a valid ID must be presented to purchase acetone-containing products such as nail polish remover.  Our policy also limits the sale of these products in conjunction with other methamphetamine precursors and is based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone.”

Acetone is used to make both the drug and nail polish remover hence the new regulation.

 In 2010, CVS Pharmacy Inc. agreed to pay $77.6 million after illegal sales of pseudoephedrine — found in cold and sinus medicine — allowed meth makers to manufacture the drug in bulk on the West Coast.  According to the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office, the loophole led to a direct jump in methamphetamine production in California.