Drug of Abuse Testing Market to Display Healthy Growth

The increasing adoption of drug of abuse testing at the organizational level, growing number of road accidents and deaths, and rising consumption of illicit drugs are some of the reasons behind the growth of the DOA testing market. In 2016, the market generated a revenue of $4.8 billion, and it is predicted to advance at a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period (2017–2023). Drug testing refers to the technical analysis of sweat, blood, saliva, urine, breath, and hair samples to detect the presence of cocaine, cannabis, and alcohol.

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On the basis of sample type, the DOA testing market is broadly categorized into urine, saliva, and hair. Out of these, during 2013–2016, the urine category dominated the market in terms of revenue, and it is expected to maintain its lead during 2017–2023, since urine samples secrete metabolites which can be tested for the presence of illicit drugs and opioids and are not altered by any external factor. 

To improve safety, increase productivity, and reduce absenteeism, organizations are rapidly adopting DOA testing at the workplace. As per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2015, the hospitality and food services sector displayed the heaviest use of illicit drugs, and around 19.1% fulltime workers, aged between 18 and 64 years, in the U.S. were reported as consuming illicit drugs in a span of 30 days during 2008–2012. Due to the rising consumption of illicit drugs, organizations are rapidly using DOA testing kits.

Further, road accidents are another reason the DOA testing market is growing rapidly. Road accidents are calculated in terms of the number of people injured or dying, whether on the spot or within 30 days of the mishap. Alcohol and drugs affect motor function, impulse control, reflexes, decision making, and judgment, which leads to road accidents and sometimes the death of people. As per the data reported by the World Health Organization in 2016, across the globe, every year around 1.25 million people die due to vehicle crashes and nearly 20.0 million to 50.0 million people suffer from non-fatal injuries.

As per the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in the U.S., 10.0 million people aged 12 years or above were driving after consuming illicit drugs in 2013. The consumption of illicit drugs is rising rapidly, due to which the usage of drug abuse testing is also on the rise, which, in turn, is resulting in the growth of the DOA testing market. As per the World Drug Report by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2013, around 203.0 million illicit drug users aged 15 years to 64 years existed in the world, and the number increased to nearly 246.0 million in 2015.

Hence, the increasing adoption of DOA testing by companies and rising consumption of alcohol are boosting the growth of the market.