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Table 2 Distribution of participants’ characteristics in Abbotsford and Downtown Eastside (DTES), n = 149. Data presented as either count (percent frequency) or mean (standard deviation)

From: Social network support and harm reduction activities in a peer researcher-led pilot study, British Columbia, Canada

Demographic variables of participants n = 149, n or mean (% or SD)
Age 44 (11)
Male 71 (48)
Homeless 51 (34)
House/apartment 38 (26)
Living with friends or family 15 (10)
Supported living 45 (30)
First nations 62 (42)
Relationship status (single) 36 (24)
Reported medical condition
 HCV 59 (40)
 No medical condition 61 (41)
 Anxiety 79 (53)
 Depression 84 (56)
 No mental condition 25 (17)
 Other mental conditions 72 (48)
Drug use
 Meth preferred 99 (66)
 Crack preferred 71 (48)
 Pipe source
  Outreach organizations 122 (82)
  Store 30 (20)
  Peers 21 (14)
 Lend, borrow, or share pipes 84 (56)
 Overdosed in the past month 15 (10)
 Trained on how to use naloxone (naloxone) 100 (67)
 Trained on CPR 102 (68)
 Carry naloxone 70 (47)
 Have assisted peers who have overdosed 66 (45)
 Arrested for smoking or using illicit drugs in public 24 (16)
 Received tickets for smoking or using illicit drugs in the past 12 (8)
 Have experienced violence or exploitation when using drugs in public by:  
  PWSD 83 (56)
  Dealers 57 (39)
  Police 48 (32)
 Have experienced psychosis or paranoia as a result of smoking illicit drugs in the past 91 (61)
 Have had blisters, cuts, damaged, or infections to your mouth, oral area, or lips in the last month 39 (26)
 Number of days since visiting a doctor or a nurse 152 (436)
 Public drug use 106 (71)
 Pipe screen material  
  Brillo 59 (40)
  Brass 54 (36)
  Meth equipment 48 (32)
Network characteristics
 Network size 21 (14)
  1. 1Pairwise deletion for missing values used