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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

CharacteristicNumber (percent)
n (%)
Gendera
 Non-binary/transgender/otherd0 (0.0)
 Man14 (51.9)
 Woman13 (48.2)
Age in yearsabcd
 20–294 (22.2)
 30–446 (33.3)
 45 or older8 (44.4)
Identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit))
 No23 (85.2)
 Yes4 (14.8)
Sexual orientationa, b, c, d
 Heterosexual or straight14 (82.4)
 Lesbian or gay/two-spirit/queer/bisexual/other/do not know3 (17.6)
Current level of educationa, b, c, d
 Some secondary education3 (16.7)
 High school diploma or equivalency5 (27.8)
 Apprenticeship, trades certificate or diploma, other certificate, diploma or degree6 (33.3)
 Other4 (22.2)
Current living situationa, c, d
 Apartment/house9 (33.3)
 Supportive or subsidized housing/single room occupancy or rooming house9 (33.3)
 Public place or street6 (22.2)
 Family or friend’s place, other3 (11.1)
Primary source of incomed
 Wage or salary including from own business4 (14.8)
 Disability benefits16 (59.3)
 Welfare or income assistance4 (14.8)
 Other3 (11.1)
Personal income last yeara, c, d
 Less than $20,00013 (50.0)
 $20,000 to less than $40,0007 (26.9)
 $40,000 or more3 (11.5)
 Do not know3 (11.5)
Frequency of illicit substance used
 Daily19 (70.4)
 Three or more times per week2 (7.4)
 Once or twice per week3 (11.1)
 Occasionally (not every month) or Never3 (11.1)
Overdose within last 6 monthsc
 No20 (76.9)
 Yes6 (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