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CVS limits sales of nail polish remover due to meth-making ingredient

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It's now commonplace in drug stores nationwide to have to show identification when buying certain types of medication. But nail polish remover?

At CVS, according to WAMU, that's the case.

WAMU's Lauren Landau reports that her attempt to buy nail polish remover at a District of Columbia CVS store was temporarily thwarted by an order to check her identification.

The reason? A store spokesman told WAMU that they're limiting the number of bottles of remover because it contains an ingredient - acetone - that can also be used to make methamphetamine.

It's the same concept that governs the sale of certain types of medicine, including cold medications that contain pseudophedrine, because they too can be used to make meth.

The D.C. case is not isolated. WBUR in Boston reports that CVS stores there are doing the same thing with nail polish remover, and in Providence, WPRI says people have been carded there as well.

The limiting of sales of items that contain ingredients of meth is governed by the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005.

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