CVS requires ID with purchase of nail polish remover


Next time you make a quick run to the drug store you may need to make sure you have your ID on you. Local CVS Pharmacies are now carding if you buy nail polish remover.

You've probably purchased it before.

"Just go in and buy it and be done with it," said Susanna Hendricks with a laugh.

It seems harmless, "It's nail polish remover," Decatur shopper Amber Haddock said. "Anybody can put nail polish on and take it off."

But a key ingredient in nail polish remover could be dangerous.

"Acetone is dangerous if inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested," explained Detective Kristopher Thompson with the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

And used illegally when making meth, "It's probably one of the most dangerous drugs that we see here," he said. "And it's very addictive and acetone could be part of that."

Acetone, the main ingredient in nail polish remover, is a common chemical used to make meth, so now CVS requires a photo ID to buy nail polish remover.  The store released this 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.

It joins the list of other products like certain cold medicine that at CVS need an ID when you buy them, but the extra step could be worth the wait.

"To pull out your ID and do it," CVS shopper Christy Worrell explained. "You got to dig into your wallet and get all of that, but it's a good thing too so they can keep track if somebody's coming in and buying 17, 18 bottles of that," or now even just one

The policy doesn't state an age limit. WAND was told the policy was implemented in Decatur within the last week or so.

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