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Pharmacy Chain Limits Sale Of Nail Polish Remover Over Meth Concerns

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CVS Pharmacy's new policy places restrictions on the purchase of nail polish remover that contains acetone, a chemical that can be used to make methamphetamine.
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CVS Pharmacy's new policy places restrictions on the purchase of nail polish remover that contains acetone, a chemical that can be used to make methamphetamine.

A pharmacy chain is working to polish up its image, and chances are that your young teen won't be too happy about it.

Summertime means sandal weather, but with little time for a professional pedicure, I visited a CVS in D.C. to buy some candy-colored laquer and a bottle of nail polish remover. But then this happened at the self-check out counter: "BEEP! Help is required for this item. Please set it aside and continue scanning."

A manager explained: CVS has placed restrictions on the purchase of nail polish removers that contain acetone, limiting the number of bottles a customer can buy.

CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis says the ingredient can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, much like some cold medications, which are now kept behind the counter. He says CVS will now require a valid ID to purchase nail polish remover. The company has placed additional restrictions on buying the product with other household items that could be used to make meth.

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