CVS Is Making Shoppers Show ID When Buying Nail Polish Remover So Us Moms Can’t DIY Our Own Meth

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CVS to require ID when buying nail polish remover Stupid wannabee Walter Whites ruin everything for us moms! This has happened to me so many times, one of my kids gets sick, always on a freakin’ Sunday morning, and there is no pharmacist around to sell me any medicine that contains pseudoephedrine. This includes stuff like Sudafed and Children’s NyQuil . (see comments for correction)  Even when the pharmacy counter is open I’m reluctant to purchase these things because even though I know they work well something just feels icky about asking for them, like I’m a criminal even though I just have a ten-year-old with a really bad summer cold. Well, now we can also feel all creeped out when buying nail polish remover because according to NBC Washington:

A new policy at the drug store chain caps the amount of acetone products a customer can purchase each day. Acetone, a common ingredient in many polish removers, is one of the ingredients used illegally to produce methamphetamine, the chain has said.

The policy was instituted about a week ago, a employee at a CVS location in Georgetown confirmed.

“Our policy 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,” said CVS Public Relations Director Mike DeAngelis.

Once you reach the register with your bottle of nail polish remover, your ID will be scanned. The system will then keep track of whether you purchase an acetone product later that day.

Mike DeAngelis is obviously not the father of a young daughter who has accidentally dumped an entire bottle of nail polish remover down the sink when trying to correct a marbleized manicure gone bad.

Home (and rolling!) meth labs are scary and I know meth is a huge problem, but the idea that I will get carded when buying nail polish remover is pretty absurd, especially when so many drug stores offer buy one get one deals on the store brands of removers. I wonder what else can be used to make drugs that will now be moved to behind the counter? I know some cleaning products are, but what if you are a mom with a bad cold who also feels the need to remove a chipped manicure? Does that get you on some watch list?

This news is all basically an excuse for us to discuss the season premiere of Breaking Bad from last night. Zomg what happened to the White’s house and how about that scene with Walter and Hank? I smell total emmy’s for both Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston. It was so stressful. So, so stressful.

(Image: AMC)


  1. keelhaulrose

    August 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Holy schnikies, this is annoying enough to make me reconsider doing my nails. These rules treat the law abiding like criminals, and don’t do much in the long run (unless there’s a huge drop of meth availability I’m unaware of)

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

      It makes me sooooo uncomfortable, asking for cold pills, now I will be all nail paranoid

    • Fabel

      August 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

      One time, my mom was sick so I ran out to get Sudafed for her… apparently, she’d gone to the same store a week or 2 ago right when she first was getting sick. So, she was the last name in the book (& we share a last name.) The guy at the the counter asked me if I was related. I swear he thought we were running a meth house. WTF (& yes, this does make me mad)

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

      omg. did you show him your teeth?

    • Emmali Lucia

      August 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

      In Oregon (Maybe all over) in the mid 2000s they moved all the sudafed to the back where the pharmacy was (But this was before you needed a prescription or any of that BS, they literally just moved it so the pharmacist could see you get it), meth-related hospitalizations dropped off like somewhere between 20-40%, the cops were having fewer and fewer meth house busts, and honestly the Oregon meth epidemic shrank considerably.

      So I think that that helped a ton, Now they just keep adding more and more rules and it’s getting a bit ridiculous, but maybe each additional rule works as well as the last. Probably not though.

    • TngldBlue

      August 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I actually read an article awhile back about the impact of the nationwide restrictions on pseudoephedrine that moved it from the shelves to the pharmacy. It apparently did reduce meth abuse dramatically at first but use has now risen back to pre-ban levels and the drug is actually stronger & more addictive (is that possible?). From what I read they think the initial reduction was due to the time it took dealers to figure out a new formula.

    • Rachel Sea

      August 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Addicts are nothing if not resourceful.

  2. Alex Lee

    August 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I like acetone for removing pine-tree sap off my car. Guess I’ll have to switch to gasoline.

    I always wondered how those Vietnamese nail salons (which are EVERYWHERE) were able to stay in business. Now I know…

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I just need to know if you watched!!!!

    • Alex Lee

      August 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I stopped watching after season 4. After they blew up Gus, that was all I needed. Walt, Jesse, and Skyler are all time-capsuled and safe for me.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      That is kinda an amazing way to do it.

  3. Jessie

    August 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    … Okay, so buy non-acetone polish remover. It works too, you know.
    Sure, for some things you kinda need to bust out the big guns of acetone (glitter nail polishes come to mind… holy crap that stuff never comes off otherwise), but who the heck needs more than one decent-sized bottle of acetone at a time, unless you run a nail salon? One bottle lasts me a LOOONG time.
    Non-acetone is better for your nails and the skin around them anyway. Sure, it can take a bit longer to remove polish with non-acetone versus acetone, but if you don’t want to get carded then… Yeah.
    Or you can just deal with the fact that you’re buying a very strong, harsh chemical solvent that people (especially teenagers) have been using to get high for ages due to it’s cheap price and easy access, so now they’re going to card you for it in an attempt to control it. Honestly I can’t believe it hasn’t been regulated before now. *shrug*

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I actually do that tinfoil trick for getting off glitter polish, and it works!

    • Jessie

      August 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

      … Oh my gods, I had never heard of such a trick until you mentioned it, so I Googled it and now I’m totally doing that every time I need to remove glitter polish! I don’t wear glitters very often, but that will be so helpful on the rare occasion that I do. 😀

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I love the longevity of glitter! BUT removing it is the worst. Getting the foil to stay on can kinda be a PITA and the foil really does help.

    • Jessie

      August 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I’ll try it next time, it sounds like a dream. MUCH better than sitting there going through ten cotton balls per hand. >.>

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

      It’s the biggest pain ever. Someone eventually will invent a better glitter removal system and then we will have to show ID to buy it

    • Jessie

      August 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Hell, if it gets the glitter off my nails in less than two hours, I would submit to a retina scan and fingerprinting, lol!

    • LET

      August 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

      I’m sorry, but why should anyone be penalized for buying something completely legal to use for it’s intended use? That makes no sense. I just really can’t get behind this mindset. Government is supposed to punish criminals, not punish everyone in hopes that it might prevent a negligible amount of crime. And, really, how will this prevent people from getting acetone? You can just go to a handful of different stores & buy one at each. Sounds kind of like the silly logic of banning large soft drinks.
      And, fwiw, I cant use non acetone because it doesn’t remove gel polish.

    • TngldBlue

      August 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Not to mention acetone can be used for a lot of things other than just nail polish-I use it to remove non washable marker, scuff marks from the tile, sticky residue from price tags, and so on. Why should I be forced to submit to monitoring when I’ve done nothing to warrant it?

    • Jessie

      August 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Well, it sounds like you just solved your own problem, then, if you simply MUST have more than one or two bottles of acetone at a time. Just go buy it at different stores. I never said it would STOP people from getting it, but I don’t believe that is the point of this new regulation. The point is to REGULATE how much one person can get at a time. We are not being PENALIZED. The government can’t punish criminals if they have no way to try and spot them, can they? This is their way of attempting to catch possible shady characters before they fly under the radar.
      I never said there was NO reason to use acetone (note the very first paragraph of my comment up there, I said there are obviously some things you need to use the big guns on), but do you REALLY need more than one or two bottles at a time? If you’re going through that much acetone polish remover within less than about a month or two, your nails and cuticles must hate you.

      This is really no different than carding people for alcohol, honestly. Alcohol is also legal for its intended use, but we don’t allow minors to buy it. The same goes for certain medications, no minors or buying it in ridiculous amounts (but seriously, who needs four boxes of Sudafed or something like that?). Cigarettes also. Honestly, it is not going to ruin our lives to flash our ID for five seconds to get something else now on the list of ID-regulated products out there. Like I said, who the heck is seriously buying more than about two bottles of acetone at a time? Unless you run a nail salon, in which case I’m sure there’s some kind of license in effect for buying large quantities of such things.

  4. BW2

    August 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I realize that this is not the point of the article, but I wanted to make a correction to a statement made above. There is big legislation about the ingredients that can be in children’s cough/cold products. To clarify, there is not pseudoephedrine in Children’s Nyquil (or the adult NyQuil sold on the shelf). The ingredients are shown in this link:

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

      awww, thank you, I will edit it.

  5. Tea

    August 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

    You’d think they’d just go to the local auto parts shop and buy the great big half-gallon sized ones for 1/4 the price instead…

  6. LET

    August 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Yeah, I felt like a total criminal yesterday buying a bunch of drain cleaner (lye) because it was on clearance at Lowes (I bought it to make soap). I had no idea I had to worry about buying acetone (I use a ton because I do my own gels, and because I’m dopey & always misplace my half empty bottles, only to find a stash of 13 open bottles right after I buy a new one).

  7. Alex

    August 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I’m not sure how showing ID to purchase something constitutes a penalty or makes anyone feel like a criminal. Have none of you ever bought alcohol or tobacco (or, you know, any prescription medication at a pharmacy)?

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      It’s so diff! Buying delicious booze, I don’t mind being carded for that. Buying the drugs for a cold? It just feels weird

    • coffeeandshoes

      August 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      I’ve bought Sudafed while in the throes of a horrific sinus headache, and even the time it took to scan ID, sign for it, etc., was agonizing because my head hurt so badly.

      And frankly, the regulatory bodies requiring ID are giving me an awful lot of credit assuming that I’d have any talents for cooking up something grody without losing, at minimum, both eyebrows.

    • Alex Lee

      August 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      It’s the REASON the vendors want your ID.

      For alcohol and tobacco, the ID is requested to verify age.
      For prescriptions, the ID is requested to verify your identity – can’t be givin’ away grandma’s pills to just anybody.
      For acetone and pseudoephedrine, it is to track your purchase.

      It’s not a penalty but some would see it as another inconvenience introduced into our lives. Moreso if the statistics can state that these kinds of precautions are actually not-effective in reducing methamphetamine production and ultimately drug abuse.

      I enjoy my complimentary TSA pat-downs, too.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      August 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      I like getting carded for alcohol because then I can pretend I am not creeping ever closer to 30…

    • The Great Queen Spider

      August 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Yeah but this is just a tad different than buying nail polish remover.

  8. Zorbs

    August 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I buy bottles of pure acetone in 1L bottles from the beauty supply store. Non acetone or acetone based remover is for pussies.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm


  9. LiteBrite

    August 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I bought Silly String at Target a couple of months ago and had to show ID. I wonder if I’ll have to soon show ID just to buy a can of Cool Whip.

    • Blahblah

      August 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      The day it comes to that for Cool Whip will be a sad day for me. I don’t want people to see my shame and realize I just eat Cool Whip straight from the can.

  10. Shelly Lloyd

    August 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I am so going to be raided by the feds now. I love to paint my nails and I am always changing the color. I go though A LOT of nail polish remover. Damn I am so screwed.

  11. 88Mwife

    August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Apparently you can do bad things with Zyrtec-D and cherry coke too, because I had the cops called on me at CVS. My husband and I both have terrible allergies this year, so we were using Zyrtec-D. We use the 12 hour variety, in the 24 count box (because that is the largest they have at my CVS) so it lasts us less than a week. So I was going in to my CVS, every Sunday around 2, and buying a box of it along with 2 cherry cokes (I have an addiction). Eventually the pharmacy tech got suspicious, because I apparently look like someone who would be making meth on a Sunday, in my dress from church, and while I was standing at the counter blissfully unaware, looking forward to my yummy cherry deliciousness, he called the cops. The officer believed me when I explained the situation to him, and simply suggested maybe I buy my cherry cokes at the gas station instead. I was so embarrassed! Now I just buy my meds at Kroger. They don’t seem to mind 🙂

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