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Table 2 Drug use practices among the study participants

From: Patterns of HIV testing, drug use, and sexual behaviors in people who use drugs: findings from a community-based outreach program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Variables Number (%)
Type of drugs used in the past 3 months  
 Methamphetamines 110 (72.8)
 Heroin 60 (39.7)
 Other (ecstasy, sniffed glue, marijuana, etc.) 5 (3.3)
Mean duration of drug use (months, ±SD) 103.8 ± 68.7
Mean age at first time of illicit drug use (years, ±SD) 21.3 ± 6.5
Frequency of illicit drug in the past 3 months  
 Everyday 77 (51.3)
 Almost everyday 21 (14.0)
 A few times a month 24 (16.0)
 A few times a week 27 (18.0)
People with whom you used drugs the last time  
 Alone 47 (31.1)
 Friend 82 (54.4)
 Sexual partner/sweetheart 22 (14.5)
Reason to led you try illicit drugs for the first time  
 I tried it by myself 45 (29.8)
 Someone gave it to me or forced me to use it 6 (4.0)
 Tried it with friends 81 (53.6)
 Other 19 (12.6)
Injected drugs in the past 3 months 57 (38.0)
Used a used needle when injected drugs the last time (n = 57) 14 (27.5)
Shared needles at last drug injection (n = 57) 8 (15.7)
Perceived that needle/syringes are easy to find (n = 57) 50 (87.7)
Have been arrested for drug use or trafficking 70 (46.4)
Have ever been sent to a drug rehabilitation center 83 (55.3)
Have been sent to a rehabilitation center in the past 1 year 33 (21.9)
Had ever been incarcerated/imprisoned 50 (33.1)
Main cause of most recent incarceration/imprisonment  
 Drug use or possession 11 (22.4)
 Drug-related crimes (e.g. theft) 31 (63.3)
 Other crimes (non-drug related) 7 (14.3)