Global Drug of Abuse (DOA) Testing Market is Expected to Reach $4 Billion by 2020: P&S Market Research

Dec 04, 2015, 07:30 ET from P&S Market Research

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Drug of abuse testing is based on diagnosing drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, requiring a thorough evaluation and often includes an assessment by a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Blood, urine or other lab tests are used to assess drug use, but they're not a diagnostic test for addiction. These tests may be used for monitoring treatment. The testing technologies consist of immunoassay technique and chromatography technique, used for both onsite as well as laboratory testing.


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The use of illicit drugs is rising every year globally and has become a big concern for countries including the U.S., the U.K. Japan, Germany, India and China. Illicit drugs in use include heroin, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine. With a rapid increase in drug trafficking, the need for drugs for abuse testing has been on rise. There are several factors driving the drug of abuse testing market, such as increased drug testing needs at the organizational level, a global rise in the use of illegal drugs and increase in the consumption of illicit drugs.

On the other hand, the drug of abuse testing market is impacted by social concerns attached with workplace drug testing and legalization of various illicit drugs. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington State legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for private recreational use.

According to data from the UNODC and European crime-fighting agency Europol, the annual global drugs trade is worth around $435.0 billion a year, with the annual cocaine trade worth $84 billion.

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On the basis of type of tests, the market is divided into laboratory testing and onsite testing. Laboratory based tests requires skilled and trained personnel for providing detailed analysis. Whereas, onsite drugs of abuse testing provide immediate results. And on the basis of sample used for testing, urine is the preferred sample type. Hair, oral fluid and sweat are the other preferred samples used for drugs of abuse testing.

Key findings of Drug of Abuse Testing Market: 

  • The global drug of abuse testing market is expected to reach $3.9 billion in 2020, mainly driven by increased use of illicit drugs and need of drug abuse testing at organizational level.
  • Onsite testing market is more than double the size of laboratory testing market due to ease of use, cost effectiveness and immediate results.
  • Urine followed by saliva is the most common specimen used in the drug of abuse testing. Hair, as a specimen, is also becoming a more effective way for testing long term drug use.
  • North America was the largest market by geography for drug abuse testing in 2014, with 76.4% share of the total market. It was followed by Europe with 16.4% share and Asia with a 4.7% share of the total market.

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