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Table 2 Characteristics of caregivers (n = 27) in three communities in British Columbia

From: Becoming our young people’s case managers: caregivers’ experiences, needs, and ideas for improving opioid use treatments for young people using opioids

Characteristic a N (%) / Mean ± SD
Number of participants in each community who responded to survey: a
 Prince George 6 (22)
 Vancouver 8 (30)
 Victoria 13 (48)
Gender
 Woman 16 (76)
 Man 5 (24)
Ethnicity
 Caucasian/White 15 (75)
 First Nations, Inuit, Métis 4 (20)
 Asian 1 (5)
Caregiver’s median age (Q1, Q3) 51 (47, 54)
Education
 Some college/university or less 9 (43)
 College/university degree 12 (57)
Characteristics of Young Person’s Substance Use
 Age when caregiver first learned of their opioid use 17 ± 3.56
 Frequency of non-medical opioid use during their period of use
  Daily 9 (43)
  Weekly 7 (33)
  Monthly 1 (5)
  Unsure 4 (19)
 Frequency of concurrent substance use during their period of opioid use (missing = 1) b:
  None 2 (10)
  Daily 8 (40)
  Weekly 6 (30)
  Monthly 1 (5)
 Unsure 3 (15)
 Currently using non-medical opioids (missing = 3)
  Yes 11 (61)
  No 3 (17)
  Unsure 4 (22)
 Types of Substance Use Treatment Accessed c:
  Counseling 18 (86)
  Peer support 6 (29)
  Case management 11 (58)
  Psychiatry 7 (33)
  Addictions medicine 12 (57)
  Opioid agonist treatment 8 (38)
  Private residential treatment setting 3 (14)
 Accessed more than 1 type of these treatments 17 (81)
 Mean number of different treatment types accessed 3.7 ± 1.4
  1. SD standard deviation. Q1 = 25th percentile, Q3 = 75th percentile
  2. aThe socio-demographic survey was voluntary and was not mandatory to be able to participate in the workshops. Response rate to the survey was 78% (21/27 completed)
  3. bIn reference to non-medical substance use, not including alcohol and cannabis
  4. cParticipant could choose more than one type of treatment