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Table 1 Characteristics of participants

From: “Am I gonna get in trouble for acknowledging my will to be safe?”: Identifying the experiences of young sexual minority men and substance use in the context of an opioid overdose crisis

Participants50
Age (average, range)24.18 (18–30 years)
Ethnicity1
White26 (52%)
Aboriginal210 (20%)
Latin American7 (14%)
South Asian5 (10%)
Southeast Asian2 (4%)
Chinese2 (4%)
Korean2 (4%)
Filipino2 (4%)
Arab/West Asian2 (4%)
Black1 (2%)
Japanese1 (2%)
Other2 (4%)
Gender3
Cisgender man44 (88%)
Transgender man4 (8%)
Queer4 (8%)
Genderqueer2 (4%)
Non-binary1 (2%)
Sexual orientation3
Gay29 (58%)
Bisexual14 (28%)
Pansexual6 (12%)
Queer4 (8%)
Straight2 (4%)
Asexual1 (2%)
Unsure1 (2%)
Other (incl. homoflexible)2 (4%)
Opioid use
Non-opioid substance use
Both opioid and non-opioid substance use4
40 (80%)
10 (20%)
Substances used in the previous 12 months
Alcohol47 (94%)
Cannabis41 (82%)
MDMA25 (50%)
Cocaine20 (40%)
Poppers20 (40%)
Mushrooms20 (40%)
Meth18 (36%)
Benzodiazepines
Ketamine
11 (22%)
11 (22%)
Erectile dysfunction drugs10 (20%)
GHB9 (18%)
Speed9 (18%)
T3s57 (14%)
Crack5 (10%)
Heroin5 (10%)
Fentanyl4 (8%)
Opioids64 (8%)
LSD4 (8%)
Methadone3 (6%)
Steroids3 (6%)
Ritalin1 (2%)
Others78 (16%)
  1. 1Some participants selected more than one ethnicity
  2. 2Although our sociodemographic survey included the term “Aboriginal,” which refers to the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, as defined by the Constitution Act of 1982, this term has traditionally been used in a generic sense and in legal contexts [53]. In this paper, we use the term “Indigenous,” which refers to first peoples internationally
  3. 3Some participants selected more than one gender identity and/or sexual orientation
  4. 4All participants who reported using opioids engaged in polysubstance use that included non-opioid substances
  5. 5T3s (Tylenol #3) contain acetaminophen, caffeine, and codeine
  6. 6Other physician-prescribed opioids than those listed here
  7. 7Other substances used by participants included: Prozac, Concerta, Adderall, Dexedrine, Methadrone, MxP, 2CE, and 2CC, 2C-T-7, 2C-B, 5-Me0-DMT, nn-DMT, 4-AcE-DMT, allylescaline, nitrous oxide (whippets)