Nail polish remover, being used to cook meth. And now one chain of stores says, if you want to buy it, you'll have to show ID. We discovered valley CVS stores have already started carding customers buying bottles of nail polish remover.
CVS is also limiting the amount of nail polish remover customers can buy.
Just like cigarettes, alcohol and certain cold medicines, you have to show a valid ID to purchase nail polish remover. You have to be at least 18 years old. CVS is also limiting the amount of nail polish remover that customers can buy.
"When you're seeking a high you really would do just about anything to obtain that high," says Sam Burba.
Burba is an educator with NotMyKid, a nonprofit that aims to prevent drug use and abuse. He isn't surprised nail polish remover is making headlines, and that CVS is limiting who and how much is purchased.
"It's used primarily when you have the cold medicines, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, and it's used to separate that from the cold medicine."
Fixing a chipped manicure just got a little more complicated. The popular drug store is now asking for ID from anyone who attempts to buy nail polish remover. You have to be at least 18.
"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," a statement by CVS reads.
We decided to put the policy to the test ourselves. We went inside to purchase a bottle of nail polish remover. The clerk did in fact ask for my ID, and she even explained the new policy to me."
"They're looking at the forefront on how they can support and protect their community," says Burba.
Burba, a recovering addict himself, supports any effort to curb the manufacture, sale and use of drugs. He thinks CVS is doing the right thing.
"I believe that more of our community members truly do need to be looking at the horizon and saying how do we prevent drug abuse in our community."
CVS said it uses the information to track people who are purchasing meth-making materials so that it can flag a customer who tries to buy too many bottles, or who goes to multiple locations to buy them.