Evaluating the implementation of the UK's first low threshold Heroin Assisted Treatment Facility.

  • McAuley, Andrew (PI)
  • Elliott, Lawrence (CoI)
  • Hutchinson, Sharon (CoI)
  • Smith, Mathew (CoI)
  • Flowers, Paul (CoI)
  • Strang, John (CoI)
  • Priyadarshi, Saket (CoI)
  • Neale, Joanne (CoI)

Project Details


Heroin assisted treatment (HAT) is the provision of prescribed heroin under medical supervision. Clinical trials have shown HAT to be effective in reducing illicit drug use, criminal activity, and improving the health and wellbeing of patients. However, little is known about how best to implement HAT in the real world, outwith a clinical trial setting. We will conduct a mixed methods study to understand the barriers and facilitators to implementation of Scotland’s first HAT service, exploring the views and experiences of service users and providers, and other key stakeholders. Findings will be used to inform the development of a manual that will support establishment and maintenance of HAT services in other parts of the UK and beyond.
Effective start/end date1/09/1931/03/22


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