Last week, I had the unexpected experience of having my driver’s license scanned when trying to buy nail polish remover at CVS.
Since writing a post about the experience here, the story spread wildly and thousands of people weighed in on CVS’s new store policy aimed at tracking and limiting sales of products containing acetone or iodine, which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. (See, also: “Breaking Bad.”)
A new surprise came in my inbox last night, when I received an email from CVS’s public relations director, Mike DeAngelis, informing me that the acetone policy has been revoked in all but one state for acetone, and in all but three states for iodine:
We are committed to ensuring customer convenience while appropriately complying with regulations in our business.
After thoroughly reviewing our policies for the sale of products that contain acetone, in most states we will no longer require customers to present an ID to purchase these products, including nail polish remover. Our stores will be notified about this change by the end of the day today and it will take effect beginning tomorrow.
To comply with certain regulations requiring retailers to record sales of products containing ingredients used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we will continue to require ID for the purchase of acetone products in Hawaii and the purchase of iodine products in California, Hawaii and West Virginia. Continue reading