Sometimes, while running a drug rehabilitation center, it becomes necessary to procure certain medications. These are mostly the medications that are meant to help the people who are undergoing rehabilitation to overcome their addictions with ease. For instance, people who are addicted to opioids such as heroine may require medications like methadone, if they are to be successfully rehabilitated. On the other hand, people who are struggling with alcohol addiction need medications such as Disulfiram, Naltrexone and Acamprosate to help them beat their addictions. Thus the task of procuring medications often ends up becoming a routine one for people who manage drug rehabilitation centers.
You will need to work with a psychiatrist, and perhaps a pharmacist as well, while procuring medications for the drug rehabilitation center. In the process of procuring the medications, you will probably need to:
- Identify the specific medications to be procured: these will mostly depend on the types of addictions you usually deal with at your rehab center.
- Figure out where to procure the medications: you may be able to procure the medications locally, or otherwise be forced to import them (depending on where you are).
- Figure out how the procurement is to be financed: if yours is a public rehab, chances are that you will get an allocation from the public coffers to finance the procurement of medications. If, on the other hand, yours is a private rehab, chances are that the money you collect from rehab clients is what you will use to finance the procurement of medications. Some rehab patients will probably be paying out of pocket, whereas others will be relying on medical insurance – including employer-provided medical insurance. Like, for instance, someone who works at a company like PepsiCo may check at the benefits section of Mypepsico.com, only to realize that services like rehab are catered for under the medical insurance cover. This would just be a question of going to the Mypepsico website, logging in, navigating to the benefits section, and checking the health insurance coverage limits. On the other hand, for rehab centers that are run by charities, the procurement of medications is likely to be funded through donations. Some receive donations of the actual medications.
- Make an order for the medications: this you may do on phone, by email or by simply visiting the medications vendor and making the order in person.
- Countercheck the medications that are (eventually) delivered: the objective here is to ensure that the delivered medications are the ones that were ordered for.