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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample (N = 27)

From: What is needed for implementing drug checking services in the context of the overdose crisis? A qualitative study to explore perspectives of potential service users

Characteristic Number (percent)
n (%)
Gendera
 Non-binary/transgender/otherd 0 (0.0)
 Man 14 (51.9)
 Woman 13 (48.2)
Age in yearsabcd
 20–29 4 (22.2)
 30–44 6 (33.3)
 45 or older 8 (44.4)
Identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit))
 No 23 (85.2)
 Yes 4 (14.8)
Sexual orientationa, b, c, d
 Heterosexual or straight 14 (82.4)
 Lesbian or gay/two-spirit/queer/bisexual/other/do not know 3 (17.6)
Current level of educationa, b, c, d
 Some secondary education 3 (16.7)
 High school diploma or equivalency 5 (27.8)
 Apprenticeship, trades certificate or diploma, other certificate, diploma or degree 6 (33.3)
 Other 4 (22.2)
Current living situationa, c, d
 Apartment/house 9 (33.3)
 Supportive or subsidized housing/single room occupancy or rooming house 9 (33.3)
 Public place or street 6 (22.2)
 Family or friend’s place, other 3 (11.1)
Primary source of incomed
 Wage or salary including from own business 4 (14.8)
 Disability benefits 16 (59.3)
 Welfare or income assistance 4 (14.8)
 Other 3 (11.1)
Personal income last yeara, c, d
 Less than $20,000 13 (50.0)
 $20,000 to less than $40,000 7 (26.9)
 $40,000 or more 3 (11.5)
 Do not know 3 (11.5)
Frequency of illicit substance used
 Daily 19 (70.4)
 Three or more times per week 2 (7.4)
 Once or twice per week 3 (11.1)
 Occasionally (not every month) or Never 3 (11.1)
Overdose within last 6 monthsc
 No 20 (76.9)
 Yes 6 (23.1)
  1. aDoes not sum to 100.0% due to rounding
  2. bDemographic questions were altered. Not asked of 9 study members in early interviews
  3. cDoes not sum to 27 due to missing data
  4. dSome categories were combined due to small numbers to preserve anonymity