(Detroit Free Press) CVS now requires photo identification for the sale of nail polish remover - and other products containing acetone.
Acetone is used to make methamphetamine - or meth.
The chain, which has more than 7,500 drugstores nationwide, started the policy a few days ago and is tracking who buys the product, according to news accounts.
Company spokesman, Mike DeAngelis released this statement, today:
"We currently require a valid ID to be presented to purchase nail polish remover based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone products due to its use as an ingredient in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine."
DeAngelis also hinted policy update may be coming: "We plan to communicate a revision to our policy shortly."
Federal law passed in 2005 requires an ID for to buy over-the-counter medicines that contain pseudoephedrine - found in cold, allergy and sinus medicines - and limited daily purchases to 3.6 grams a day. Pseudoephedrine also is used in making meth.
In 2010, CVS agreed to pay $75 million in civil penalties and forfeit $2.6 million in profits for the unlawful sale of pseudoephedrine to criminals in southern California who made methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
At the time of the settlement, the Justice Department said CVS "had a duty to prevent methamphetamine trafficking, but it failed to take steps to control the sale of a regulated drug."
Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Business Writer