A technique used to detect presence of illegal drugs in an individual is referred to as drug screening. Drug screening is primarily done by authorities such as trained officers or police personnel and is widely adopted, especially in, schools, hospitals, and places of employment. It is widely used by police personnel for screening individuals who are or appear to be intoxicated and even by authorities in places of employment as a pre-employment test for prospective employees.
Increasing cases of drug and alcohol abuse in developed and developing economies is a major factor boosting adoption of drug screening techniques and in turn fueling growth of the global drug screening market. Also, stringent laws for drug and alcohol consumption coupled with growing awareness about significance of drug screening among individuals across the globe are other factors expected to propel growth of the global market over the forecast period. But, certain regulations prohibiting consumption of alcohol and screening for drugs at employment settings are major factors hampering growth of the global market over the forecast period to a significant extent.
The global drug screening market report has been segmented on the basis of product type, sample type, end user, and region. On the basis of region, the global drug screening market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
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The market in North America accounted for highest share in terms of revenue in the global market and is projected to maintain its dominant revenue contribution in the global market over the forecast period. This can be attributed to stringent government regulations for drugs and alcohol consumption and increasing cases of alcohol and drug abuse in the region. The market in Europe contributed second-highest revenue in the global market in 2016, and is estimated to witness moderate growth over the forecast period. Also, the market in Asia Pacific is expected to be the most lucrative market over the forecast period owing to rising demand for drug screening from emerging economies such as China and India owing to increasing number of drug and alcohol addicts and rising disposable income.
Prominent players in the global drug screening market include Alere Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Drägerwerk AG, Orasure Technologies, Alfa Scientific Designs Inc., Lifeloc Technologies, MPD, Inc., Premier Biotech Inc., Shimadzu Corporation, and Siemens Healthineers.