Optimise the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is used to refer to the use of medication, such as opioids, together with any psychological and social support, in the treatment and care of individuals who experience problems with their drug use.

Based on the evidence that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is protective against the risk of death, the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce and the Scottish Government has prioritised the implementation of MAT standards for people experiencing problems with their drug use. 

The standards aim to ensure that MAT is safe, effective, acceptable, accessible and person centred.

New treatment standards for services and organisations that support people with a drug problem in Scotland have now been published, and we are working to their implementation.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards for Scotland: Access, Choice, Support - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

We are supporting partners to 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. An interactive map which details the progress of this engagement programme is available here.

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