Quote from elkpark
Your state DEA (drug enforcement agency -- your state's may have a slightly different name, but I guarantee you that you've got one) issues and enforces the rules for managing narcotics in the different types of healthcare settings in your state. They would be happy to advise you about what you need to do to be legal. In my state (I worked for the last several years as a state & Federal surveyor), there is a lot of paperwork and you have to be able to show a clear paper trail and account for all the narcs.
Exactly. My clinic is a rural health clinic and we are governed by the Board of Pharmacy, state health and the federal government.
We must count twice daily, once upon arrival and once at the end of the business day. Many, many, many rules/regulations regarding controlled substances. From the paperwork to the room and how it is to be designed. As for the personnel counting, it doesn't have to be nurses, just two licensed
personnel. That could be the physician/s, too. This is done everyday the business is opened as a rural clinic. Also, many rules/regs about how these controlled substances are obtained, how often, and when they expire, how they are returned to the Board of Pharmacy. Forms, paperwork galore.