Drug of Abuse Testing Market Size to Reach US$ 9.15 Bn by 2032

The global drug of abuse testing market size was valued at US$ 4.90 billion in 2022 and is projected to hit US$ 9.15 billion by 2032,  at a notable CAGR of 6.5% from 2023 to 2032.

Drug of Abuse Testing Market Size 2023 to 2032

Key Points

  • By drug type, the cannabis/marijuana segment hit the highest revenue share of over 27% in 2022.
  • In 2022, North America region captured a revenue share of over 39.6%.
  • By product, analyzers segment is expected to grow at a 5.7% CAGR from 2023 to 2032.
  • North America drug of abuse testing market is expected to reach a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2032.

Drug of abuse testing services is used to detect whether an individual consumed any drugs. This test is conducted by testing various sample such as urine, blood, hair, and saliva. The growing consumption of drugs among the population is the primary driver of the global drug of abuse testing market. Further, various government initiatives to control the use of drugs among the youth is exponentially driving the market growth across the globe.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, around 246 million people used illicit drug and the population aged between 15 and 64 years, in 2013.According to UNDOC, around 40% of the global people who inject drugs are infected with HIV. Hence, the rising prevalence of HIV is a major factor that encourages the restriction on drug use, thereby propelling the growth of the global drug of abuse testing market.

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Crucial factors accountable for market growth are:

  • Growing usage of drugs like marijuana, cocaine among the youth
  • Growing cases of drug use disorder
  • Rising number deaths related to drug overdose
  • Government initiatives to tackle drug abuse
  • Technological advancements and development of cost-effective test kits
  • Rising prevalence of HIV among the drug injectors

Regional Snapshots

North America dominated the global drug of abuse testing market. This is attributed to the highest consumption of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, cannabis, and alcohol in the region. Moreover government initiatives like the implementation Patients and Communities Act to counter the problem of drug abuse is a major factor influencing the growth of the market across the region. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report, over 500,000 teenagers in US were suffering from drug use disorders in 2018. Hence the rising use of drugs among the teenagers is a major threat to the national interests that propels the growth of the drug of abuse testing market.Further, the presence of numerous key market players in the region and their strategical developments fueled the growth of the drug of abuse market in this region.

Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region. According to the Australian National Council – Asia Pacific Report, Cambodia has become the leading source of cannabis the globe. Major economy like China has taken an initiative to set up a huge network of drug treatment centers across the nation. Around 74.4% of the Hong Kong drug users prefers heroin and around 80% of the HIV cases in Indonesia is directly associated with the injection drug use. The Asia Pacific is becoming a major market for the illicit drug traders due to the failure of government to tackle this situation. Therefore, Asia Pacific has a huge growth potential for the drug of abuse testing market.

Report Scope of the Drug of Abuse Testing Market

Report Highlights Details
Market Size in 2023 US$ 5.19 Billion
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 6.5%
Market Size by 2032 US$ 9.15 Billion
Largest Market North America
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Segments Covered Drug Type, Sample Type, End User, Region

Market Dynamics

Drivers – The market is significantly driven by the demand from the private employers and growing abuse of prescribed drugs. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, over 50 million people used prescription drugs such as pain relievers for non-medical purposes. Therefore, growing uses of prescription drugs for non-medical use is boosting the growth of the market.

Restraints – The low awareness, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, and low financial capabilities in underdeveloped and developing regions may hamper the growth of the market. Moreover, inefficiency of the government to tackle drug abuse issues have resulted in the increased consumption of alcohol among the teenagers.

Opportunities – The development of low-cost and disposable testing devices may propel the market growth in the upcoming years. Further, the development on-the-spot testing kits shows rapid and reliable results is expected to gain traction.

Challenges – The high cost of the testing equipment and low penetration of research laboratories in the underdeveloped markets is a major challenge to the drug of abuse market players.

Report Highlights

  • By drug type, the marijuana/cannabis segment led the global drug of abuse market with remarkable revenue share in 2020. This is attributed to the increased consumption and popularity of the marijuana. Moreover, in countries like India, it is easily available to the drug users due to the lack of proper administrative control on the illegal drug suppliers.
  • By sample type, the urine segment led the global drug of abuse market with remarkable revenue share in 2020. This is because the urinalysis is the most accurate and feasible test. Kidney helps to remove wastes and other toxic materials from the blood through urine and hence urinalysis is much more effective.
  • By end user, the workplaces segment led the global drug of abuse market with remarkable revenue share in 2020. The employers need to know about the health of their employ. A drug user frequently switches job and highly unproductive and inefficient in his work. Hence, the workplaces need to conduct drug of abuse tests.

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Key Companies & Market Share Insights

  • The market is moderately fragmented with the presence of several local companies. These market players are striving to gain higher market share by adopting strategies, such as investments, partnerships, and acquisitions & mergers. Companies are also spending on the development of improved services. Moreover, they are also focusing on maintaining competitive pricing.
  • In September 2019, ToxicologiaPardini, Pstchemedics Corporation and Sansao Holdings entered an agreement in Brazil for the distribution of drug of abuse testing products.
  • In August 2019, Abbott entered into a partnership agreement with Intoximeters for marketing and promotion of Abbott’s SoToxaTM Mobile Test System. It is a handheld saliva testing solution that rapidly shows the results along with reliability.
  • These key developmental strategies are significantly fostering the market growth and shaping the future of the global drug of abuse market.

Some of the prominent players:

  • Danaher Corporation
  • LabCorp
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Cordant Health Solutions
  • DrugScan
  • Legacy Medical Services
  • Mayo Clinic Laboratories
  • LGC Group
  • Precision Diagnostics

Market Segmentation

By Drug Type

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana/Cannabis
  • LSD
  • Opioids
  • Others

By Sample Type

  • Urine
  • Saliva
  • Blood
  • Hair
  • Breath
  • Others

By Product

  • Equipment
    • Immunoassay Analyzers
    • Chromatography Instruments
    • Breath Analyzers
  • Consumables
    • Rapid Test Kits
    • Reagents
    • Others

By Application

  • Medical Screening
  • Monitoring Pain Management
  • Forensic & Legal Information
  • Employment Drug Testing
  • Sports & Athletics Testing

By End User

  • Workplaces
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Research Labs

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • MEA

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