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Schottland. MAT Standards Informed Response for Benzodiazepine Harm Reduction 

Call to action The unprecedented harm associated with street benzodiazepines in Scotland is a public health emergency that demands a different approach. The false notion that postponing change in prescribing practice is the safest position and the current status quo,is unacceptable. The current rate of high levels of benzodiazepine related harm seen in Scotland qualify in the Orange Guidelinesas ‘exceptional circumstances’. We all have a responsibility to listento, assess and understand a person’s unique story of benzodiazepineuse to identify appropriate treatment and care. Initial conversations should address immediate risk of harm, particularly overdose and death. Conversations should be underpinned by principles of psychological and trauma informed care including safety, empowerment, choice, collaboration and trust, in line with the MAT standards (Appendix A). (SDF – Scottish Draugs Forum, Juki 2021)