The average age of participants in the research phase of last year is higher than in previous years. For example, in 2014 it was 33.9 years, but in 2016 – 36.3 years. Last year, the average age of drug users was 37.6 years.
The youngest member of the study was 20 years old this year, but in the early stages of the study, the youngest participants were 18 years old. The oldest participant was 68 last year and is six years older than the oldest member of the previous study.
The majority of the respondents, as in the previous study in 2016, are between 35 and 39 years old, or 27.6% of the total number of respondents in this age group.
Researchers have discovered that, as in other years of research, most drug users were Russians last year, accounting for 66.6% of the total number of drug users. In the study, a relatively small proportion (25.1%) of the respondents indicated that they were LETS.
Last year, most respondents who provided information about their place of residence indicated that Riga was their home. 63.1% of the respondents declared their capital as their place of residence. The second most mentioned city is Olaine, followed by Ogre.
Similarly, the trends in last year's education remain comparable to those of other years, namely that there are few respondents with higher education, and they represent only 2.8% of the total number of studies involved in the study. Most or 33% of respondents have completed secondary education, while 23.7% have received primary education.
At the same time, this year's study reduced the share of single-person drug users. In 2016, 21.1% of all respondents lived alone, but last year it was 17.4%. Last year, 61.8% of respondents indicated that they wanted to live together with a partner. About a third, or 28.1% of drug users, gave a cohort with their parents, but their cohabitation with children – just over one fifth or 23.7% of drug users.
The study concludes that 56.1% of men reported cooperating with their partners last year, which is more than a year ago, when 46.5% of drug users reported a cohabitation. On the other hand, in the case of women, 73.4% of cohabitation with partners were reported in the community, which is less than in 2016, when this indicator was 77%.
In the survey, 13% of respondents noted that they do not learn and work anywhere. Compared to the previous year, the share of such respondents has decreased significantly, as 22.2% of users did not study or work a year ago. At the same time, 42.9% said they were working on a written basis, while another 27.2% worked on an oral agreement.
The income level of the research participants last year was different from previous years, because it has risen, that is, the median of the monthly income is 600 euros, but the most frequently mentioned amount is 1000 euros.
During the study of the past year 542 drug users participated, of which 17 in the rest of the study. In addition to the quantitative study, two semi-structured focal group discussions with drug users also took place.