Just in time for the Breaking Bad season premiere: CVS has a new store policy in its New England locations requiring you to show ID if you wish to purchase nail polish remover with acetone. The reason why? Acetone is one of the ingredients for cooking meth. CVS believes that by carding customers and limiting the quantities of acetone remover sold, they will be taking action against meth production. Here is the official statement they gave to 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.”
This policy will be hitting CVS stores nationwide in the coming weeks. So, if you are under 18 and love painting your nails you are going to have to have someone older buy your polish. The other option is to use non-acetone remover, which works best on regular nail lacquer (not gel-polish) or go to your salon for removal. As for everyone else: remember your ID or you’ll have to buy some of your beauty supplies elsewhere.