Hoping to stock up on nail polish remover at your local CVS to fuel your homemade meth lab? You'll have to shop elsewhere: The drugstore has recently implemented a new protocol barring mass purchasing of the stuff in an effort to thwart the illegal production of methamphetamine.
CVS has begun putting limits on the amount of nail polish remover a customer is allowed to purchase. Additionally, someone trying to buy nail polish remover will now have to present a valid ID in order to do so. The reason being? No, drinking nail polish remover isn't the latest junior-high-get-drunk fad (that's so 2011): Acetone, a main ingredient in most nail polish removers, is also apparently a major ingredient in the production of meth.
CVS issued a statement to address the new policy. Via the New York Post:
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.
We still had a few questions. Like, can an eight-year-old not buy nail polish remover with her allowance money? And what if my nail polish is all chipped and unsightly but I lost my ID at da club? And how will looking at someone's license stop the underground meth trade? We spoke to a CVS employee in Harlem for some answers.
Here's the sitch: As of last week (and even earlier in some New England states), you must be 18 years or older, with a valid ID, to purchase a bottle of acetone nail polish remover. (Not all nail polish remover contains acetone, though most do. It will say on the bottle.) Each customer is limited to purchasing two bottles a day--which, truth be told, is kind of a lot of nail polish remover for anyone to be using who isn't a professional manicurist. The sales associate scans your ID information into CVS's system so as to ensure you aren't going overboard with your nail care product reserve. And if any of this is really upsetting you, well, you're totally making meth.
Whether CVS's new policy can actually make a dent in America's substance abuse epidemic--and if other retailers will follow suit--remains to be seen. Something else we don't know? What potential consequences could arise should an adult knowingly purchase nail polish remover for a minor. Because if there's one thing more addictive than meth, it's nail art.