Prepare to be carded the next time you pick up nail-polish remover from CVS. Not only is the drugstore chain requesting identification from its customers, but it’s also limiting the number of bottles you can purchase, according to the New York Post. You can blame Breaking Bad’s Walter White and his real-life ilk for the new regulation, which was rolled out across southern New England over the past few weeks. Acetone, the clear, pungent, and highly flammable solvent found in most nail-polish removers, is a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, which is sold on the streets as “crystal meth.”
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“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,” CVS says in a statement. 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.”
In 2010, CVS settled a federal lawsuit that charged it with selling large amounts of cough medicines containing another methamphetamine ingredient.
In 2010, CVS agreed to pay $77.6 million to settle a federal lawsuit charging the retailer with selling large amounts of cough and sinus medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an active ingredient in methamphetamine, to criminals who used it to cook crystal meth in bulk on the West Coast. The company’s misconduct led directly to an increase in methamphetamine production in California, said the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.