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Stirling MP and MSP Welcome New Treatment Standards for Drug Users


Categories: Constituency, Health, Inequality, SNP Scottish Government

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP have warmly welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government, on funding to support the introduction of new treatment standards for drug users.

£4 million will ensure drug users start receiving support on the day they ask for it. The announcement came following the first meeting of the Implementation Group, responsible for overseeing the national mission on drug deaths. The money is part of the additional £50 million which has been allocated to tackling the crisis this year.

The same day service is one of 10 new Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards being introduced to ensure consistency across the country. The term 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 those who experience problems with drug use.

Alyn Smith MP said:

Tackling deaths related to drugs is a national mission for the SNP Scottish Government, and today’s funding announcement is another welcome step in the right direction. It’s vital we listen to the lived experiences of those who’ve suffered addiction, and connect their insight with medical professionals to deliver services that truly work for communities.

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘By working collaboratively with national and local stakeholders, Scotland can enhance its current approach and ensure solutions work for those seeking help. This funding announcement is a clear demonstration of the Scottish Government’s commitment to our national mission, and I take great comfort from the involvement of those with lived experiences in the policy development process.’