Drug screening is the process where the potential medications are analyzed and optimized before reaching a candidate for further process. It also analyzes the huge chemical libraries for particular biological activities. Basically, drug screening helps analyze a patient’s biological samples such as hair, urine, and blood. Then they analyze the drug content in the body. Moreover, the advancement in technology and the advent of new drug screening equipment has encouraged the players to invest more and end-users to get more precise results, boosting the overall demand in the global drug screening market.
Increased consumption of alcohol by the adults and youngsters along with the rising usage in terms of prescribed medicines is expected to uplift the growth of the global drug screening market within the forecast period. In addition, the rising usage of drugs in narcotics and illegal consumption is estimated to fuel the market growth. Also, rising competition among the key players in terms of technology and revenue along with new resources is also estimated to provide the new scope of growth in the global market during the coming years.
Besides, heavy utilization of drug screening in airlines, roadways, railways, and waterways are foreseen to support the business patterns. Aside from this, drug screening is done at different sports events such as World Athletics Meet and Olympics to distinguish the drugs like steroids consumed by competitors to help their performances. In the nations like the U.S., competitors need to go through drug screening tests subsequent to clearing their fitness tests and prior to getting business offers from the organizations. Every one of these previously mentioned factors is anticipated to bolster the growth of the global drug screening market.
The global drug screening market is broadly divided into sample type, product & service, end-user, and region. In terms of product & service, the global market is segregated into lab services, consumable, rapid testing equipment, and other devices. The sample segment is classified into the oral fluid sample, hair sample, urine test, breath sample, and others. The end-user segment is divided into pain management centers, personal users, hospitals, drug treatment center, law enforcement agencies, schools & workplaces, the criminal justice system, and the drug testing lab.
Geographically, North America is estimated to lead the global drug screening market. The growth is attributed to the rise in cases related to drug and alcohol abuses, coupled with strict regulations enforced by the government of the various countries in the region. Besides, the existence of leading players in the region is another factor fueling the regional demand for drug screening.
The leading players in the global drug screening market are Shimadzu Corporation, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Express Diagnostics International, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGAA, Alere, Inc., and others.
To cite, Quest Diagnostics has launched a service platform, named Drug Testing Index, which helps the screening of drug consumption at workplace. This effort claims to have improved the overall productivity at the workplace.