Nail polish remover added to list of controlled substances

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Add nail polish remover to the list of controlled substances

CVS, the owner of Longs Drugs, is not only requiring customers to have an ID to buy acetone. In some states, including Hawaii, one must be 18 years old or older.

It’s surprising to most people but when they found out the reason, they like the idea.

“If it’s gonna help save the teenagers considering that’s what’s going on than most definitely I think that’s a plus,” Ewa Beach resident Kaui Doldolea said.

Keith Kamita with the State Narcotics Enforcement Division says those who cook crystal meth use acetone essentially to wash the product to make it look more appealing.

“If they wanted to take this meth and make it look like this meth, nice, and looks like ice they would use the acetone to wash it,” said Kamita, Chief Special Agent for the Narcotics Enforcement Division.

Call it a marketing tool to make it to attract more buyers. Kamita says it’s a good move by CVS, and it’s likely because meth is still a growing problem on the mainland.

“What they’re seeing is meth is coming back in many other states. They’re seeing the problem we saw many years ago,” Kamita said.

Kamita says there’s a been a sharp decrease of meth labs in Hawaii ever since all drug stores kept track of the sales of Sudafed or any type of pseudo ephedrine, which is a key ingredient in making crystal meth. An ID is also required to buy it and stores keep track of how many a customer buys.

Kamita says requiring an ID for nail polish remover is a good deterrent.

“If nothing else, it keeps the kids out of this because I believe you have to be over the age of 18 to purchase,” Kamita said.

Not all nail polish removers have acetone because of the same reason.

There’s no word yet on whether other drug stores will follow along with Longs Drugs’ policy.

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