CVS requires license to buy nail polish remover
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The drugstore chain, CVS, is the first in the area to require consumers to show identification at the checkout.
A key ingredient in the remover, acetone, can be used in the process of making methamphetamine or meth.
“Young people cooking meth then ya why not,” one woman said.
A sign posted next to the removers inside the store said CVS is “helping to protect our community.”
“I think it’s kinda crazy. I think there are a lot of people out there who are gonna use a lot of different things to do whatever they want but I think, you know, a lot of us just want to buy it to take off our nail polish,” said one woman.
“I just wonder how many older people are out there cooking meth and what’s it gonna do,” said another woman.
Although some may consider this extra step a hassle, other shoppers said they're ready to help out any way they can.
“I don't think it’s a hassle we show our ID 9 million times a day, one more time is not gonna hurt,” the woman said.
There is no federal or state law that requires businesses to check ID's and track nail polish remover purchases. But the FDA does require stores to ask for ID’s and keep track when a customer buys medicines Pseudoephedrine.
Now it looks like CVS might be re-thinking the entire policy when it comes to nail polish remover. They released a statement that said: “We are committed to ensuring customer convenience while appropriately complying with regulations in our business. With that in mind, we are in the process of reviewing our policy concerning the sale of products containing acetone. We plan to communicate a revision to our policy shortly.”
CVS will not card people who buy nail polish without acetone in it.