Published On : Apr 20, 2016
There has been a worrying rise in the consumption of illicit drugs across the globe in the past few years. According to a 2013 report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the number of illicit drug users increased to about 315 million in 2011, from nearly 167 million in 2009. This means that nearly 6.9% of the world’s adult population was using one or more illicit drugs in 2011, a substantial rise from the 3.6% noted in 2009.
This huge rise in the global population of illicit drug users has led to a rise in demand for drugs of abuse tests, the several on-site and lab-based screening methods employed to verify cases of abuse of illicit drugs. A market intelligence report recently added to the portfolio of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE) states that the global drugs of abuse testing market will exhibit healthy growth between 2013 and 2018, primarily owing to the rising concerns over the commonplace use of harmful drugs.
The report states that the market will expand at a 4.8% CAGR over the forecast period from 2013 to 2018 and rise to a valuation of US$3.4 bn by 2018 from US$2.6 bn in 2012. Technological advances in the drugs of abuse testing market have made it possible for tests to be conveniently undertaken at home, workplaces, educational institutions, and not only in laboratories, which has helped increase the spread of the drugs of abuse testing market.
On-site Testing Tools Gaining Popularity owing to Immediate Results
Results of laboratory drug screening tests are, no doubt, more detailed and accurate than those of on-site testing. For more accurate results, laboratory drug screening results are quantified with the help of superior techniques such as mass spectrometry. However, conducting such tests requires skilled and trained personnel and in-depth analysis. Laboratory tests are also more time-consuming and costly. Owing to these factors and the availability of technologically advanced, reliable, and accurate drug screening tools, the demand for on-site drugs of abuse screening tests has increased in the past few years. The demand for on-site drugs of abuse tests has particularly increased in areas such as educational institutes, workplaces, and domestic settings.
Government Regulations Supporting Drugs of Abuse Testing to Boost Market Growth
In several countries, such as Japan, Australia, the U.S., and the U.K, essential drug testing at workplaces has been mandated by strict government rules and regulations. This factor is expected to emerge as a major growth driver for the global drugs of abuse testing market in the coming years.
From a geographical standpoint, North America is the largest regional market for the global drugs of abuse testing market, and also the fastest growing one. Other prominent regional markets for drugs of abuse testing are countries such as Japan, the U.K., and Germany and other European countries. In these countries, an increasing number of organizations have started conducting routine drugs of abuse tests at several levels of employment, including pre-employment screening, post-incident tests, random drug/alcohol tests, and abstinence monitoring.