Optimise the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a proven treatment for opioid use disorder. It involves the licenced medical use of drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine to prevent painful opioid withdrawal symptoms and is effective in reducing the use and sourcing of illicit drugs. It helps reduce the risk of death for people who use drugs.  However, the pharmacological part of treatment is only part of the answer. Person centred care is crucial.  People may need psychological support to help manage trauma or anxiety.  People might also need advice on welfare and housing.  The new MAT standards will ensure the necessary range of support is available, wherever you live in Scotland.

To reduce harm and promote recovery the Taskforce has identified that it is a priority to get more people onto MAT, more quickly and to support them in treatment for as long as they need.

We have now launched our consultation on the ten MAT standards. The standards were launched at webinar by the Minister for Public Health Sport and Well Being this can be viewed here:


As part of the consultation there is an online survey https://surveys.publichealthscotland.scot/index.php/215544/lang/en/newtest/Y and calendar of events (please check back regularly for updates).

There are also consultation workshops being organised details of workshops on standards 1-5 are as below:

Clinicians sign up to one of our clinician-focused workshops by visiting – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129601875699 

All other stakeholders can sign up to a workshop by visiting – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129594734339

Details of workshops on Standards 6-10 will follow.

We are supporting partners achieve our MAT standards through a programme of quality improvement support. Learning and knowledge exchange is to be facilitated through informal networking/visits, formal workshops, presentations at conferences and national networking events. 

We also welcome examples to showcase partner and stakeholder developments such as the M.A.T. Quality Improvement initiative blogs featured here.