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