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CVS to Check Identification for Purchases of Nail Polish Remover

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(WGGB) — Fixing a chipped manicure could soon be getting a little bit harder.

CVS is planning to start checking ID’s for the sale of nail polish remover.

It’s a policy that started in Rhode Island, but is set to go take effect at all 7,500 CVS locations.

According to the pharmacy, one of the main ingredients in nail polish is also a key ingredient in methamphetamine, an illegal drug that can be made at home.

“I think they should do that. I think they should take these precautions to make sure our kids our safe, or anyone else,” says Thomas Lavoie of Amherst.

Ken Schaub of Springfield adds, “I don’t think it will be very effective. I mean, if they just want to make some kind of statement, and I guess that’s what it’s about. I don’t see how that’s going to change anything.”

In a statement, CVS spokesperson Mike Deangelis says, in part, “This policy is based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone. We are continuing to review this policy to balance our appropriate compliance with regulations with ensuring convenient service to our customers.”


  • medic3

    Most kids don’t carry an ID. If they need it, mom can get it. Drug dealers will still get it, they just can’t use little kids to get it for them. If it saves ONE kid, it’s worth it.

  • Devansha_58

    I was denied purchasing nail polish remover, because I do no drive. I am disabled, therefore no license. HOWEVER…I did offer to use my Mass ID and was told it HAD to be a drivers license. So now CVS discriminates who can buy it and who can’t. My husband drove up the road and purchased it without ID! BTW….MY attempt to buy it was the NON-Acetone!

  • alpinequeen

    And to think we used to be able to buy codeine cough syrup right off the shelves.

  • alpinequeen

    What’s gonna happen is this, all acetone based nail polish removers will eventually be removed from shelves and you’ll have to use the non-acetone removers which are made from ethyl acetate, which is made from ethanol (pure grain drinking alcohol) and acetic acid, which makes up 8% of vinegar (the rest being water). Ethyl acetate is colorless and also flammable. Acetone is too dangerous a chemical to use on your body and in view of the crack down by the EPA on volatile organic compounds (VOC) in paint, I’m surprised they haven’t already acted on this.