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.


Keith 4 years, 10 months 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.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, what he said!! Acetone is available in several different sizes at any hardware store. Oops!! Did I let the cat out of the box??????

David Reynolds 4 years, 10 months 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....

Orwell 4 years, 10 months ago

"Citizen1" fails to grasp an important distinction.

We should encourage voting. We're usually not in favor of more meth production.

Mark English 4 years, 10 months ago

Your right... by all valid card carrying U.S. citizens. You wouldn't think that would be too hard to accomplish.

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

The ACLU takes on cases for individuals or groups if they're rights are being violated. If you feel the rights of an underage female in your family are being violated, then ask them for help.

I'm sure you're also the type that supports a free market and business owners rights?? This isn't a law, this is a private business decision made by a corporation. The ACLU has taken on the case of the KS voter ID on behalf of many individuals and groups who feel thier rights are being violated. CVS is violating no one , they are just making a business decision.

hillsandtrees 4 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Kobach's new voter laws make it harder for many women to vote. If a woman has taken her husband's last name, yet another form, in addition to her birth certificate, is required before she can register to vote.

Catalano 4 years, 10 months ago

Nobody over the age of 18 makes meth?

chootspa 4 years, 10 months ago

Nobody over the age of 18 has a fake ID either, apparently. Especially not in a college town.

Cai 4 years, 10 months ago

nah - by the time they're in college, they usually have real IDs that say they're 18.

Mark English 4 years, 10 months ago

Must have missed the part about "nation wide".

MarcoPogo 4 years, 10 months ago

If you don't buy Sterno and bread, you have nothing to worry about. You must be a criminal.

patkindle 4 years, 10 months 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

tomatogrower 4 years, 10 months 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!!!

chootspa 4 years, 10 months ago

Look what it does to your face in a very short amount of time. I've never understood the appeal.

deec 4 years, 10 months 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.

deec 4 years, 10 months ago

Nobody NEEDS nail polish remover, booze, airplane tickets or cigarettes.

Keith 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd be happy if, instead of showing ID to vote, you had to show IQ.

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

ID isn't needed to purchase a weapon from a private citizen at a gun show (one way so many criminals get guns). The 2nd ammendment is only a constitutionally protected right for SOME, not all. Not every citizen has the right to arm themselves.

It's not appalling to require ID to buy a weapon. Should felons be allowed? Should someone who has a restraining order against them be allowed? Should the mentally ill? See, we need a way to check to make sure people can LEGALLY purchase a weapon.

Now do see why your comment is lame and ID SHOULD be required to purchase a gun?

Peacemaker452 4 years, 10 months ago

“ID isn't needed to purchase a weapon from a private citizen at a gun show (one way so many criminals get guns)."

False-even the FBI and F-troop admit that less than 1% of crime guns are obtained at gun shows.

“Should felons be allowed? Should someone who has a restraining order against them be allowed? Should the mentally ill?”

If these people are so dangerous that they cannot have a firearm, why are they even allowed to walk around freely among us? Wouldn’t they be just as likely to cause someone else harm with a knife of a baseball bat?

jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

You can also get a gun without ID and background checks simply by buying from a private individual, not necessarily at a gun show.

It's easier to seriously harm somebody or kill them with a gun, and you can do it from farther away.

David Reynolds 4 years, 10 months 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.

jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

Actually, my understanding of ID and background checks for gun purchases is to ensure that people who don't have the right to buy guns legally (convicted felons or those declared mentally ill and dangerous by a court) don't get them.

Those people don't in fact have a constitutional right to bear arms, just as non citizens don't have a right to vote.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 10 months 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.

David Reynolds 4 years, 10 months ago

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

This is what you get with...

James Minor 4 years, 10 months ago

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

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 4 years, 10 months 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.

jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

Decongestants often have a "rebound" effect, which makes congestion worse.

Do you take antihistamines? Those are freely available, and designed to combat your allergies more directly.

ebyrdstarr 4 years, 10 months ago

This year-long allergy sufferer take at least one antihistamine daily as well as a nasal spray. But trust me, those are insufficient. Without a pseudoephedrine decongestant, life would be unbearable for at least 4 months out of the year. (That other decongestant that is available over the counter is worthless against my sinuses.)

jafs 4 years, 10 months ago

Sorry to hear that.

I also have allergies, and take an antihistamine daily. But, I don't like decongestants, both because of the rebound effect, and because of their effect on blood pressure. So, I blow my nose a bit, but can stand it.

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

Same here. Couldn't believe how much my BP went up with decongestants and the rebound effect sucks. Once my body got used to the antihistamines, it worked so much better. Allergies are caused by your body producing histamines and decongestants aren't the answer, unless you want to speed a little. If you live in KS, get used to having some allergies. Only place I haven't had a problem was in Southern Cali because it's a desert.

ebyrdstarr 4 years, 10 months ago

Happily my blood pressure has always been on the "is she really alive" side of low. But, honestly, decongestants are a required part of my regimen. No question about it. I live in fear of having a pharmacy tell me I'm over the limit. And since my allergy is an indoor allergy (that is, yes, exacerbated at certain seasons by outdoor allergens), moving won't help.

Decongestants may not be the answer for some people, or even most people, but they are absolutely the answer for me.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 10 months 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!!

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months 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.

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