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Table 1 Characteristics of eligible participants at baseline, eThekwini (n = 54)

From: Six-month retention and changes in quality of life and substance use from a low-threshold methadone maintenance therapy programme in Durban, South Africa

Characteristic N %
Sex
 Male 51 96
 Female 3 4
Age
 Median (IQR) 28 25–32
Race
 Mixed ancestry 3 6%
 Black African 34 63%
 Indian ancestry 3 6%
 White 14 26%
 > 10 years drug use history 30 56%
Criminal record 28 53%
Frequency of heroin use (current)
 Daily 1 2%
 1–2 times per day 4 7%
 3–4 times per day 15 28%
 > 4 times 31 57%
 Missing 3 6%
Duration of pattern of use
 1–3 months 1 2%
 3–6 months 3 6%
 > 6 months 47 87%
 Missing 3 6%
Injected heroin in last year 10 19%
Drugs detected on urine (baseline)
 Opioids 54 100%
 Cannabis 17 32%
 Cocaine 8 15%
 Amphetamine 1 2%
 Methamphetamine 6 11%
 Benzodiazepines 1 2%
HIV positive 7 13%
ECG abnormalitiesa 0 0%
  1. aNo abnormalities suggestive of cardiac disease