Table 1

Comparison of demographic characteristics for rural (n = 101) and urban (n = 111) drug users

Descriptive characteristics

Rural

n (%)

Urban

n (%)

Total

n (%)

P value


Male

57 (58.2)

56 (50.9)

113 (54.3)

0.294

White

96 (95.0)

11 (9.9)

107 (50.5)

< 0.001

Age - median (IQR)

33 (27 - 43)

42 (30 - 49)

37 (29 - 47)

0.004

Years in county - median (IQR)

31.0 (25 - 37)

30.5 (16.5 - 43)

31.0 (23 - 41)

0.467

Years of formal education - median (IQR)

12.0 (9 - 12)

12 (12 - 14)

12.0 (10 - 12.5)

< 0.001

Recent legal income*- median (IQR)

$600 (300 - 800)

$720.50 (468 - 1289)

$665 (400 - 1020)

0.003

Employed in Past 30 Days

43 (42.6)

61 (55.0)

104 (49.1)

0.072

Receives Pension for Disability

21 (20.8)

21 (18.9)

42 (19.8)

0.733

Married/Remarried

29 (28.7)

16 (14.4)

45 (21.2)

0.011

Non-religious

64 (63.4)

30 (27.0)

94 (44.3)

< 0.001

Uninsured

57 (56.4)

68 (61.3)

125 (59.0)

0.488

Has Chronic Medical Problem

57 (56.4)

49 (44.1)

106 (50.0)

0.074

Prescribed Medication for Physical Problem

36 (35.6)

58 (52.3)

94 (44.3)

0.015

Ever Treated for Drug/Alcohol Problem

49 (48.5)

48 (43.2)

97 (45.8)

0.442

ASI Composite Drug Use Score - median (IQR)

0.26 (0.14 - 0.34)

0.08 (0.03 - 0.17)

0.16 (0.06 - 0.28)

< 0.001

Psychiatric characteristics

Major Depressive Disorder

47 (46.5)

28 (25.2)

75 (35.4)

0.001

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

41 (40.6)

38 (34.2)

79 (37.3)

0.339

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

20 (19.8)

13 (11.7)

33 (15.6)

0.105

Anti-social Personality Disorder

32 (31.7)

31 (27.9)

63 (29.7)

0.550


IQR - Interquartile range, ASI - Addiction Severity Index [47]

* Income in past 30 days from employment, unemployment compensation, welfare, pension, benefits, social security, mate, family, friends, or child support

Young et al. Harm Reduction Journal 2010 7:24   doi:10.1186/1477-7517-7-24

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