CVS Pharmacy has announced their plans to require identification when purchasing nail polish remover as acetone has been known to be an ingredient in methamphetamine. This product can also be used to remove paint from windows, dissolve superglue, and remove permanent marker. The fact that it’s used as an ingredient for crystal meth is what has CVS putting a new policy into place for those that want to buy nail polish remover.
According to the company, the process will work much like purchasing certain decongestants, where a photo id will have to be produced to be entered into a system that keeps track of how many times nail polish remover is purchase. While it is not clear how many bottles of the remover people will need to purchase to be flagged, it is possible that the new policy will help CVS avoid lawsuits in the future.
CVS is no stranger to lawsuits; in 2010, the company agreed to a payment of $77.6 million in a federal lawsuit settlement that charged the company with allowing large amounts of cough medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be sold daily to criminals that used the products to cook meth. Pseudoephedrine is one of the main ingredients of methamphetamine.
At this time, there are no federal or state laws that limit how many products containing acetone a person can buy daily, which is why some wonder where the cut off will be when it comes to the amount of nail polish remover a person can purchase.
During this time, it was common for drug dealers to engage in a process that authorities have since called “smurfing.” In this practice, people would buy smaller, legal amounts of products that contain pseudoephedrine in many different purchases, which would allow them to get around the laws that regulate the amount of medication that can be sold in one purchase.
Some have said that this can affect people who purchase their acetone nail polish remover for businesses, but CVS feels confident that this new measure, which has been in place for a week, will help to prevent many people from getting the ingredients necessary to make this highly addictive and dangerous drug.