Another key finding was that the UNCOPE, a six-item screen, was effective in identifying those with a severe substance use disorder.
When the UNCOPE threshold was increased to four or more positive items, 85% of severe cases were still identified, but the false positive rate dropped to 21%.
For larger facilities, the UNCOPE, an effective and free screen, is readily available to make referrals for assessment in the community.
Inmates at this local county jail are screened using the UNCOPE addictions screen developed for screening recent arrestees (7) and subsequently validated on adult state prison inmates (8) and juvenile justice populations.
UNCOPE: a brief substance dependence screen for use with arrestees.
UNCOPE: a screen for substance dependence among state prison inmates.
Public-domain screens such as the CAGE, AUDIT, DAST, UNCOPE, TWEAK, and MAST are attractive to many because there is no charge for their use.
Of the screens mentioned above, only the UNCOPE was initially designed to detect dependence and abuse of both alcohol and drugs.