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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.


Languages: English

Availability / Inquiries: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90025 lwalter@ix.netcom.com


Comments: References: Wesson, D. R., & Ling, W. (2003). The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS). Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(2), 253-259.



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