Many CVS Pharmacy stores across the country, including some in Pittsburgh, are now requiring shoppers to show identification in order to buy nail polish remover.
While the new store policy pertaining to an everyday household beauty item is generating quite a buzz, public relations officials for CVS said it’s a proactive step for the company.
The CVS stores participating in the new policy require consumers to be 18 years old to purchase nail polish remover, which contains acetone – an ingredient that can be used to make meth.
CVS officials released the following 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. 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.”
Carrie Ungerman told Channel 11’s Shelby Zarotney that she and her daughter heard about the new rule while shopping at the McCandless CVS.
“Yeah, we are surprised,” Ungerman said. “But, it’s for the safety of our children. If teenagers are abusing it or adults are abusing it – this is what our society has led to.”
CVS said only some stores are implementing this policy, but it could go nationwide at some point.