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Table 2 Client survey descriptive characteristics of substance use

From: Feasibility, acceptability, concerns, and challenges of implementing supervised injection services at a specialty HIV hospital in Toronto, Canada: perspectives of people living with HIV

Characteristic N %
Lifetime injection (n = 92)
 Yes 37 40.2
 No 55 59.8
Injected drugs in the past 6 months (n = 37)
 Yes 15 40.5
 No 22 59.5
Injected drugs in the past 30 days (n = 15)
 Yes 11 73.3
 No 4 26.7
Types of drugs injected (past 30 days) (n = 11)
 Stimulants only 2 18.1
 Opioids only 5 45.5
 Both stimulants and opioids 4 36.4
Places where injected (past 6 months) (n = 15)
 Public space 7 46.7
 SIS 4 26.7
 Casey House 6 40.0
Injection-related experiences (past 6 months) (n = 15)
 Witnessed an overdose 8 53.3
 Abscesses and/or infections 6 40.0
 Rushed an injection 6 40.0
 Had naloxone when needed 6 40.0
 Collapsed vein 4 26.7
 Harassed by police 4 26.7
 Robbed/attacked while injecting 4 26.7
 Experienced an overdose 3 20.0
 Used needle used by someone else 3 20.0
 Used other equipment used by someone else 3 20.0
Reasons to inject (n = 15)
 For pleasure 14 93.3
 To help manage emotional/psychological problems 11 73.3
 To help manage physical pain 6 40.0
Ever heard of other clients inject in/near Casey House (n = 86)
 Yes 42 48.8
 No 44 51.2
Ever seen other clients inject in/near Casey House (n = 89)
 Yes 21 23.6
 No 68 76.4