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 the Scottish Government is working to ensure their implementation.
In June 2022, Public Health Scotland produced a benchmarking report on the progress that alcohol and drug partnerships in Scotland are making to meet the MAT standards. The report is available here: National benchmarking report on implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards - National benchmarking report on implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards - Publications - Public Health Scotland