ID needed to buy nail polish remover?

Published: Aug. 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - You already get carded for buying alcohol and cigarettes. Well, get ready to add one more thing to the list, nail polish remover.

Some pharmacies are monitoring it so its more difficult for meth makers to manufacture the drug.

CVS customers are being asked to hand over ID.

The drug chain issued 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."

CVS may be leading the pack on monitoring nail polish remover but other pharmacies like Propst in Huntsville is following suit.

Pharmacist Michael Oddo said it's one more thing to add to a long list to try and stay ahead of meth makers.

Under state law, pharmacies are already required to stock the main ingredient in meth, pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Some even take it a step further by monitoring iodine purchases.

"We put regulations in place to discourage meth use but they always find another way to create it another way," said Oddo.

However, where there's a will, drug users will make a way. With a simple Google search, we found a site selling pseudoephedrine in bulk and acetone by the gallon.

"This policy is based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone. Our policy also limits the sale of these products in conjunction with other methamphetamine precursors. We are continuing to review this policy to balance our appropriate compliance with regulations with ensuring convenient service to our customers," added CVS' Michael DeAngelis.

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