JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When police bust methamphetamine labs, they usually find household items being used to produce the powerful drug. One common ingredient used to make meth is acetone, a key component in nail polish remover. That's why CVS pharmacies in our area are now restricting sale of this cosmetic staple.
CVS pharmacies just posted notices in the cosmetics aisles that you now must show a valid government-issued photo ID to buy the acetone product. The pharmacy cashier will scan your license to keep track of how much nail polish remover you buy.
"This policy is based on various regulations requiring retailers to record sales of acetone. Our policy also limits the sale of these products in conjunction with other methamphetamine precursors,” said CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis.
So just like cold medicines that already require ID, now CVS is tracking your acetone purchases, too.
Danielle Bombard had no idea a meth lab was brewing in the now boarded-up home across the street from her Southside home. She told Action News that she hopes this acetone restriction will make it that much more difficult for drug makers to produce meth.
“It's ridiculous,” Bombard said of the new CVS policy, “But if it protects our children nowadays, then that’s what you got to do.”
A company official tells Action News that customers will be limited to purchasing 36 ounces of acetone products per day and 64 ounces per month.