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Table 3 Measures of syringe access and availability

From: Sterile syringe access and disposal among injection drug users newly enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment: a cross-sectional survey

Question Participants (n = 35)
No. (%)
How many times do you usually use a syringe?  
   1 7 (20.0)
   2–5 23 (65.7)
   >5 5 (14.3)
Have you shared syringes in the past 6 months?  
   Yes 14 (40.0)
   No 21 (60.0)
How much do you usually pay for a syringe?  
   $0 16 (45.7)
   < $1 7 (20.0)
   $1 4 (11.4)
   $2 8 (22.8)
Have you ever used a needle exchange program?  
   Yes 22 (62.9)
   No 13 (37.1)
Are you aware of ESAP, or do you know that adults can buy syringes in the pharmacy without a prescription?  
   Yes 16 (45.7)
   No 19 (54.3)
Have you tried to purchase syringes in pharmacy since January 2001?  
   Yes 15 (42.9)
   No 20 (57.1)
Have you tried to buy syringes in a pharmacy and been refused since January 2001?  
   Yes 7 (50.0% of those attempting purchase)
   No 7 (50.0% of those attempting purchase)