Aug 14, 2013 8:00 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The fight to prevent the makers of methamphetamine from getting their supplies is now affecting folks just looking to remove nail polish. CVS Pharmacy is now requiring anyone purchasing nail polish remover to show a photo ID first.
Painting your nails, or in this case removing the nail polish, seems harmless but pharmacist Ron Garza says, it's what's inside the polish remover, that likely had drug store chain, CVS put a new policy in place.
"I don't stock very much, only stock one bottle for folks that are here visiting at the hospital and want to do their nails. I would assume that CVS has seen that problem country wide so they could be taking measures to address it there," Garza said.
Acetone is what drew CVS officials to implement the new rules.
In a statement to 6 News they say, "because acetone is an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we recently implemented a policy that a valid ID must be presented to purchase acetone..."
The policy is based on federal regulations and adds that the policy also, "Limits the sale of these products in conjunction with other methamphetamine precursors..."
Garza requiring I.D. for purchases in a drug store is not outrageous, especially if it is an ingredient found in meth.
"The preferred I.D., is the Texas Driver's License, but some form of identification is required to buy Sudafed, which everyone knows is the active ingredient in making methamphetamine," Garza said.
Pharmacies that sell medicine with the active ingredient pseudoephedrine in it have to keep a track record of that sale for the customers. Where as buying nail polish remover only requires a valid I.D., in some drug stores, for now.
Don't worry, polish remover can still be purchased at HEB and Walgreens without having to flash a photo I.D. that also includes Garza's shop, Deleon's Pharmacy.
"I'm not going to do anything to change the way I sell this product. We know our customer base real well and we know what customers need from us," he added.
CVS officials also state their guidelines in black and white on store shelves. Plus, they say, "we are continuing to review this policy to balance our appropriate compliance with regulations with ensuring convenient service to our customers."