If you walk into your neighborhood CVS Drug Store to pick up a bottle of nail polish remover, prepare to show ID.
The reason is the acetone in the product. The chemical that's commonly used to strip nail polish is apparently useful for more than manicures.
It's known to be used in home labs to cook crystal meth.
"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," a statement issued by CVS' Director of Public Relations Michael DeAngelis said. "This policy is based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone."
The company is also limiting the sale of acetone products in conjunction with other products used to make methamphetamine.
At checkout, a buyer must show ID, similar to buying certain cold and allergy medications. The driver's license is swiped so the store can track unusual acetone purchases.
"I know a lot of people make meth," said shopper Adela Martinez. "They're finding avenues around Sudafed and all the other chemicals used for meth. It doesn't surprise me now they're going for something the normal person can buy on a regular basis."
Reaction to the store's move was mixed.
"If (manufacturing drugs is) what they're doing with it, they definitely need to get identification on it," said Betty Brooks.
"Well, it's just terrible," said shopper Linda McDonald. "It's getting to be too much, too many things are too regulated."
There are no state or federal laws that require retailers ask for ID for nail polish remover purchases.
CVS said it is continuing to review the policy to balance their compliance with regulations and not inconvenience customers.