Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

CVS stores requiring ID to buy nail polish remover in effort to combat meth

August 14, 2013


Anyone trying to buy nail polish remover at a CVS Pharmacy will now need to show ID, just in case they have something more sinister in mind than their nails.

Many nail polish removers contain chemicals that can be used to cook methamphetamine. To prevent that kind of misuse, the nationwide chain of CVS stores has imposed a new rule: Anyone buying products containing acetone or iodine will need to show ID. And there will be no sale to anyone younger than 18.

CVS store employees in Lawrence confirmed that the rule is in effect, as has been reported elsewhere across the country. The rule is just the latest in a series of regulations in recent years meant to block the supply of chemicals to methamphetamine producers. The federal "Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005" bans over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, another common ingredient in meth.

The rules governing nail polish remover still vary among retailers in Lawrence, however. At Walmart, customers must be at least 18 to buy the product and ID is required to verify age. Employees at Dillons said they weren't aware of any such rules at their stores.

According to the website "How Stuff Works," the chemicals used in producing methamphetamine include pseudoephedrine, red phosphorus, hydriodic acid and hydrogen chloride, among others. Some, but not all, are tightly regulated. But Lawrence police have said concerns about meth cooking in Kansas have taken a back seat to worry that the drug is being supplied here through an international drug smuggling network based in Mexico.

About 25 pounds of the drug, worth nearly $1 million when sold on the street, was recently seized during a police operation in Douglas County. Police said they believed it came from a clandestine laboratory somewhere in Mexico that produces the drug in extremely pure form and in great quantities.


gatekeeper 8 months, 1 week ago

I understand the govt limiting the amount of materials you can purchase that can be used to make meth. Because they've done this, the larger meth labs no longer exist. I'm glad there isn't a chance that a neighbor could start up a meth lab and blow us all up. Now all they can do is try to make little batches, which might hurt the person making it, but not neighbors.

Google Lisa Robin Kelly, an actress that just passed away from meth use and see her before and after pictures. I'm all for the govt doing what it takes to get rid of meth.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 months, 1 week ago

The nanny state is alive and well!! Some years ago they tried to ban "crazy glue" (cyanoacrilate ) "You can glue your fingers together!!!"

(By the way, acetone (aka nail poish remover) is a solvent for "crazy glue".)

Water is hazardous to your health if you stick your nead in it for any legnth of time.

Gimmie a break!!


Lynn731 8 months, 1 week ago

I am all for stopping production of meth, but as the article said most meth is imported from Mexico. I have allergies and without a decongestant I am stopped up all the time. To say it is an imposition buying decongestants is an understatement. I have to go to a pharmacy, show my ID, and sign for it. The government tells me the amount I can buy in a month. That is enough of a pain in the butt, but many pharmacies are not open yet when I am in town. There is no way to legislate these types of controls on each and every chemical or substance that can be misused. Huffers can buy spray paint off of the shelf, as an example. Government control of our lives has gone way beyond the rights our constitution grants us. It has happened slowly so no one notices and raises an alarm until it has gotten like it is now.


oneeye_wilbur 8 months, 1 week ago

And a casino brings crime? Now nail polish. Will - Avon require ID? Will an ID be required to buy drain cleaner? What about students under 21 buying propane for their grills?


James Minor 8 months, 1 week ago

The Lawrence police will be targeting all pink cars carrying nail polish and mascara in the new armored car. Mary K salespeople beware!


citizen1 8 months, 1 week ago

ridikkulus I am with you. Please note my sarcasm above.

This is what you get with...


ridikkulus 8 months, 1 week ago

Pretty soon, some idiot is going to decide that milk is used to get high. Then, we'll have to all have I.D. for milk, and they'll create a task force to combat its evil effects. Prisons will be overcrowded with people who have owned milk-producing animals, and nursing mothers for making and distributing a milk-product.

Seriously? A 6 oz bottle of nail polish remover means you have a meth lab??? The stupid just gets bigger.


citizen1 8 months, 1 week ago

Sorry the constitutionality of id to vote argument doesn't play.

What about the constitutional right to keep & bear arms? Citizens are required to not only provide ID they have their backgrounds checked. The purpose is to prevent criminals from committing crimes & supposedly to provide a cool down period for crimes of emotion. This is not to mention all the other bans on the types of guns & ammunition. All encroachments on this constitutional right.

Voter ID is to prevent non-citizens from voting. One says well where is the problem. The problem comes in with 11 million illegals (& counting) in the country and no way to keep those who do not have a constitutional right to vote from potentially voting.


deec 8 months, 1 week ago

The unfortunate attempts at humor or the willful obtuseness of posters who equate the ability to purchase a product such as cigarettes, airplane flights or nail polish remover with a constitutionally-protected right, is appalling.


Karl_Hungus 8 months, 1 week ago

Love this....a few people misuse a product like nail polish remover or Sudafed and all of a sudden all of the rules change for everone else who uses those products but when a few people misuse a gun, hell, they make it easier for all to get one. Where is the ID when buying bullets?

God bless Merica..


Pheps 8 months, 1 week ago

What's next? ID to vote? Or ID to buy acetone? This is really unfair. What will the people do that can't get a free ID? Marginalizing the poor to have chipped nails is wrong.


tomatogrower 8 months, 1 week ago

They use nail polish remover in meth? What is wrong with these people? Why do the put something like that in their body? Gross!!!


patkindle 8 months, 1 week ago

you usually have to some come type of identification for about anything worthwhile except for, I guess voting,, so I suppose that is the value of voting


8 months, 1 week ago

Pretty soon you'll need an ID to buy Sterno and a loaf of bread.


Catalano 8 months, 1 week ago

Nobody over the age of 18 makes meth?


citizen1 8 months, 1 week ago

Where is the ACLU when you need them.

Lets see, the ACLU is okay requiring ID to purchase nail polish, but they do not like ID for voting?

Does this say the ACLU has some war on women?

Wouldn't be a political agenda with the ACLU would there? Hmmmmm....


Keith 8 months, 1 week ago

They're seriously concerned about the small quantities you get in a drugstore? You can still buy it by the quart or larger at any hardware store that carries paint thinner.


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