Drug Abuse Testing Market size is estimated at $4.2 billion in 2019, projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period 2020-2025. Drug Abuse Testing is the detection of one or more illicit and/or prescribed drugs in the blood, urine, hair, spit or sweat. Tests detects the substances that are normally not found in the body, with the exception of some hormones and steroids measured as part of sports doping test. Drug Abuse Testing typically includes initial screening examination, accompanied by a second test that determines and/or confirms the existence of a drug or drugs. Most of the laboratories use commercially available samples that are developed and used in screening urine for major drug abuse. Each class of drug can contain a variety of chemically related substances. Legal substances that are chemically identical to illegal ones can give a positive screening result. Positive screening samples shall be presumptive. Therefore, screening tests that are positive for one or more types of drugs are often validated by the second test that detects the same substance presence using a very sensitive and specific method, like liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) or gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

The increase in number of people consuming illicit drugs such as cocaine and alcohol is one of the main driver of the drug abuse testing market. In addition to this, the technological developments in drug screening fuelling market growth. However, due to the lack of awareness and consideration of drug testing as a violation of privacy rights in some of the countries restricting the growth of the global Drug Abuse Testing Market.

Drug Abuse Testing Market Segment Analysis – By Sample Type

Based on the sample type, the Drug Abuse Testing Market is segmented into Urine, Blood, Saliva, Hair, and Sweat. Out of which the Urine accounts for the largest market share and is expected to grow at 5.8% CAGR which is attributed to lower price of analysis for urine sample and presence of higher concentration of drugs and availability of point of care tests in it.

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Drug Abuse Testing Market Segment Analysis – By Geography

Based on Geography the global Drug Abuse Testing Market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. North America dominated the market share with 40% in the year 2019 owing to the increased supply of medications, increased use of illegal drugs and increased drug testing for legal purposes. In addition, focus is being laid on workplace safety, leading to rise in the identification and surveillance of drug-related activities in this region. And Asia-Pacific is projected to see the fastest growth in this market.

Drug Abuse Testing Market Drivers

Technological developments and Increased utilization of Drugs

The increase in utilization of illegal drugs in recent days and the technological developments in Drug Abuse Testing are the two factors driving the market. In 2015, maximum number of alcohol abuse was found in the mining, around 17.5% of full-time workers aged between 18-64 years were reported to have heavy alcohol consumption in 30days of time span. The increased usage of drug abuse testing’s at the organization levels is also a factor that contributes to the growth of the Drug Abuse Testing Market in the coming years. And in addition to this the increased trafficking of illegal drugs is likely to increase the demand for Drug Abuse Testing.

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Drug Abuse Testing Market Challenges

Violation of Privacy

In some countries, the Drug Abuse Tests are regarded as violation of one’s privacy which is hindering the growth of the market. For an instance, in countries like Canada, South Africa, and Georgia the consumption of Cannabis is legalized. This doesn’t allow the Drug Abuse Tests for Cannabis in these regions.

Drug Abuse Testing Market Industry Outlook

Product launches, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and geographical expansions are key strategies adopted by players in the Drug Abuse Testing Market. In 2019, Drug Abuse Testing Market share is fragmented by the top ten players present in the market. Drug Abuse Testing Market top 10 companies are Abbott Laboratories, Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Siemens AG, Danaher Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, OraSure, Premier Biotech, Alfa Scientific Designs Lifeloc and others.

Acquisitions/Product Launches:

Quest Diagnostics e into a partnership with Houston Healthcare to deliver innovatively, and high-value laboratory services in February 2019.

Shimadzu Corporation released a database 2 with the analysis features for the forensic toxicological substances involved in DOA in the biological samples by Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometry.

Key Takeaways

Geographically, North America the Drug Abuse Testing Market accounted for the 40% revenue share in 2019 and it is predicted to dominate during the forecast period 2020-2025 owing to the high demand for Surgical Sealants and Adhesives in this region.

Increased demand for R&D made by the key players in a different region of the world is driving the market.

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