Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group – Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards

The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Drugs and Alcohol will discuss the introduction of the new Medication Assisted Treatment Standards for Scotland at their next meeting.

The purpose of the group is to examine current policy and practice in responding to drug and alcohol-related problems in Scotland and to advise on and promote the development of realistic, evidence-based responses, which could assist in the reduction of the damaging consequences of drug and alcohol use in Scotland.

The term 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.

The new MAT Standards, developed through the work of the Drug Death Task Force’s MAT Sub-group, are a key part of the response to Scotland’s drug-related deaths public health emergency. They represent the basis for a transformational change of the experiences of people engaged with MAT services in Scotland.

Guest speakers will also present to the group, these include:

Dr Duncan McCormick, NHS Lothian, Chair MAT Standards Sub-group of Scottish Drug Deaths Task Force

Tracey Clusker, Clinical Lead, MAT Standards

Colin Hutcheon, Chair, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)

Saket Priyadarshi,  Associate Medical Director,  Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services

Members of the public and other stakeholders are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held via Zoom on the 12th of February at 10.00 – 12.00.

Please note that place numbers are limited and early booking is advised.

To book a place contact enquiries@sdf.org.uk stating your full name and organisation (if appropriate).