Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)
COWS: Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale
Author/Developer / Address: Wesson, D. R. and Ling W.
Publication dates: 2003
Description / Type of Assessment: Flow-sheet for measuring symptoms over a period of time during buprenorphine induction. ) It is a clinician- administered nstrument that rates eleven common opiate withdrawal signs or symptoms.
Primary use / Purpose: Measuring the signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed: Evaluation, Screening, Treatment
Population: Patients with dependence or addiction to opioids over a period of time during buprenorphine induction.
Availability / Inquiries: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Comments: References: Wesson, D. R., & Ling, W. (2003). The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS). Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(2), 253-259.