CVS no longer to require ID for nail polish remover purchase

A mock methamphetamine lab for teaching purposes at the new National Clandestine Laboratory Training and Research Facility December 5, 2008 at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Since 1987, DEA has trained over 19,000 officials to operate safely in clandestine laboratories which are commonly referred to as meth labs. According to the National Clandestine Laboratory Database, since 1999 there have been 106,681 reported incidents in the United States involving contaminated meth laboratory sites.
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CVS is repealing a rule in most states that requires photo identification to be shown in order to purchase nail polish remover. The product can be used to make methamphetamine, prompting the regulation.

CVS director of public relations Mike DeAngelis told CBSNews.com in a statement that the pharmacy will no longer be requiring customers to present identification when they buy acetone products. The stores will be notified about the chance by the end of Wednesday and it will take effect Thursday.

CVS also owns Longs Drugs stores.

However, they will still require IDs to buy acetone products in Hawaii and iodine products in California, Hawaii and West Virginia. This rule is in compliance with state regulations that require retailers to keep sales records for products used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

"We are committed to ensuring customer convenience while appropriately complying with regulations in our business," DeAngelis said.

CVS had initially enacted the rule last month in most of their stores.

Acetone can be used as a primary ingredient to make methamphetamine, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. It is extremely flammable and is a fire risk. If inhaled or ingested, it can cause gastric irritation, narcosis or a coma.

Iodine crystals, which are also used to manufacture methamphetamine, give off a vapor that can irritate the respiratory system and the eyes, the National Drug Intelligence Center reported. The solid form can irritate the eyes and burn the skin. Iodine can cause internal irritation and damage that can lead to death if consumed.

The tracking of customers that purchased large quantities of ingredients to make methamphetamine began in 2005, when a federal law required retailers to ask for IDs in order for people to purchase over-the-counter pseudoephedrine medications. These products are usually used to combat cold, allergy and sinus illness symptoms, but can be abused to make meth. Customers are only aloud to buy 3.6 grams of the product a day.