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Table 2 Drug use history & current drug use of IDU by sex work status

From: Drug use and risk behaviours among injecting drug users: a comparison between sex workers and non-sex workers in Sydney, Australia

  Sex workers % (n = 22) Non-sex workers % (n = 132)
Age first injected (M) 17.6* 20.3
% heroin first injected 59 63
% amphetamines first injected 41 33
No. drug classes ever used (M) 10.6 10.1
% heroin drug of choice 96 83
% heroin injected most in past month 87 83
Daily or more injecting past month 82 65
Heroin   
injected last 6 months 100 96
Median days injected 175 170
Cocaine   
injected last 6 months 50 48
Median days injected 6 5
Methamphetamine (ice)   
injected last 6 months 36 35
Median days injected 36 5
Methamphetamine (speed)   
injected last 6 months 36 29
Median days injected 2 3.5
Benzodiazepines   
injected last 6 months 18 19
Median days injected 90 12
Alcohol   
used last 6 months 68 68
Median days used 24 18
No. drug classes used last 6 months (M) 7 6.5
Spent money on drugs yesterday 100* 77
Median amount spent on drugs yesterday $145** $100
  1. *significant at p < 0.05
  2. **significant at p < 0.01