In the past few years, the number of illicit drug users has risen considerably due to an unfortunate rise in the trafficking of drugs and high incidence of drug addiction. Considering the ill effects of these drugs and the socioeconomic losses that come with it, various governments and non-government organizations across the globe are trying to curb the usage of illicit drugs by using drugs of abuse testing kits. Some of the devastating results of drug abuse are death and road accidents, which is also creating a pressure on government bodies to bring down the rate of drug abuse, thereby fueling the global drugs of abuse testing market. Studies indicate that the global drugs of abuse testing market will rise at a CAGR of 4.8% between 2013 and 2018.
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The global drugs of abuse testing market is segmented on the basis of technology, location, sample, and geography. The technologies used for drug abuse testing are immunoassay and chromatography. On the basis of location, this market is segmented into on-site screening tests and laboratory drug tests. The types of samples used for drugs of abuse testing are hair, saliva, urine, and others. Geographically, this market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.
Urine Sample Segment to Remain Popular in Overall Market
Out of all the types of samples, the urine sample segment of the overall drugs of abuse testing market holds a significant share in the market. Analysts predict that this segment will rise at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2013 to 2018. However, in recent years, drugs of abuse testing through hair and saliva specimens is also gaining momentum. Furthermore, the global drugs of abuse testing market is also being driven due to the commercialization of on-site screening test kits for drugs of abuse testing.
Drugs of Abuse Testing Market in North America to Grow at Fastest Pace
According to the research report, the drugs of abuse testing market in North America is expected to grow at the fastest pace of all regional segments of the global drugs of abuse testing market. The factors supporting this region’s steep growth will be the strict framework that government and non-government bodies need to comply with to tackle the increasing incidence of drug abuse. Other countries that will propel the global drugs of abuse testing market are Japan, the UK, Germany, and several other European countries.
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Preventive Screening for Drug Abuse to Augment Market
A report published by the UNODC in 2013 showed that the most commonly used illicit drugs are opiates, opioids, and cannabis. Between 2009 and 2011, about 3.6% to 6.9% of the global population was using these drugs, as the number of drug users jumped from 167 mn in 2009 to 315 mn in 2011. To keep track of drug users and abusers, several European and North American countries are conducting drug screening tests for abstinence monitoring, pre-employment screening, post-incident drug/alcohol screening, and random drug/alcohol screening.
Some of the important companies operating the global drugs of abuse testing market are Sonic Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific, LabCorp (Laboratory Corporation of America), Randox Laboratories, Abbott Laboratories, Psychemedics Corporation, Alere, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Roche Diagnostics, and Quest Diagnostic. However, out of all these, Roche Diagnostics is leading the global drugs of abuse testing market.