Drug Screening Market Size & Share, by Product Type (Consumables, Instruments, Rapid Testing Devices, Services); End-user (Workplace, Hospital, Criminal Justice) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: May 02, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2035

Drug Screening Market size is expected to surpass USD 63 billion by the end of 2035, witnessing around 19.8% CAGR during the forecast period i.e. 2023- 2035. In the year 2023, the industry size of drug screening was nearly USD 7 billion. The growth of the market can be propelled by the increasing prevalence of drug abuse, along with the growing demand for drug testing in various places. According to the data provided in World Drug Report 2021 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), an estimated 275 million people worldwide used drugs at least once in the year 2020. This represents a 22% increase in the number of people who used drugs in the year 2010.

In addition to this, in terms of specific drugs, cannabis is the most commonly used drug worldwide. Moreover, the use of opioids, including heroin and prescription opioids, continues to be a major concern across the globe. Also, the non-medical use of prescription stimulants such as amphetamines is on the rise. Hence, drug tests can detect a wide range of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, and others. They can be performed using different methods, such as urine, saliva, blood, and hair testing.

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Drug Screening Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

  • Stringent Government Regulations: The government regulations mandating drug screening in various settings such as schools, and sports organizations are driving the growth of the market. For instance, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates drug testing for safety-sensitive transportation industries, including aviation, trucking, and railroads.
  • Increasing Demand for Workplace Drug Testing: The growing demand for drug testing in the workplace is one of the major factors that is contributing to the demand for drug screening.
  • Rise in Research Spending – There has been an increased investment in research and development activities to continuously find more viable solutions for drug screening.
  • Growing Awareness About Drug Testing Equipment: The increasing awareness about the benefits of drug testing, and its equipment for promoting public health and safety is driving the growth of the industry. For instance, drug testing is widely used in healthcare settings in order to monitor patients who are on prescription opioids to prevent drug misuse and addiction.


  • Legal and Ethical Issues: Drug screening raises a range of legal and ethical issues, including questions about privacy, discrimination, and false positives/negatives. Employers and other organizations must navigate these issues carefully to avoid legal liability and maintain the trust of employees and other stakeholders.
  • Variability in Drug Test Results
  • Lack of Standardization

Drug Screening Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 7 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 63 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Drug Screening Segmentation

End user – (Workplace, Hospital, Criminal Justice)

In the year 2035, the hospital segment is predicted to hold approximately 35% share of the drug screening market. The presence of a high number of patients in hospitals, which is rapidly expanding, can be attributed to the segment's expansion. Also, the hospitals are also growing rapidly in number. Hospitals provide a wide range of medical care in the form of physicians, called hospital doctors, who typically specialize in internal medicine, pediatrics, or general practice. They have better knowledge to figure out simple problems and also have the resources to solve unique medical problems. Hospitals may also offer specialized care, such as neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, and oncology.

Product Type: (Consumables, Instruments, Rapid Testing Devices, Services)

Rapid testing devices are projected to account for nearly 30% of the drug screening market share by 2035. The growing need for drug screening can be attributed to the segment's rise. The demand for drug screening is increasing across various industries, including healthcare, sports, and government agencies. Rapid testing devices provide a quick and easy way to screen individuals for drugs, making them an attractive option for these industries. In addition, these devices have undergone significant technological advancements in recent years, resulting in improved accuracy and sensitivity. These advancements have made rapid testing devices a more reliable and effective option for drug screening.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


        By End User

  • Workplace

  • Hospital

  • Criminal Justice

          By Product Type

  • Consumables

  • Instruments

  • Rapid Testing Devices

  • Services

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Drug Screening Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The drug screening market in the North America region, will hold the largest market share of nearly 35% in the upcoming years. The increasing number of accidents owing to drug impairment in the region is surging the requirement for drug screening in the North America region. As per a recent survey in the United States in 2022, more than 50 percent of people killed or injured in traffic crashes had alcohol or drugs in their bloodstream. The drug screening industry in the region has witnessed significant technological advancements in recent years, resulting in improved accuracy and sensitivity of drug screening tests. This has made drug screening a more reliable and effective option for various industries in the North American region. Furthermore, there has been increasing government funding in the region in order to limit drug abuse.

APAC Market Statistics

The drug screening market in the Asia Pacific region, is predicted to hold the 2nd largest share of close to 24% till 2035. Regional growth can be impelled by the rising awareness about drug screening. This has led to an increase in demand for drug screening services, including rapid testing devices. Governments in the Asia Pacific region are taking steps to combat drug abuse by implementing drug screening programs in different sector. For instance, in 2019, the Malaysian government announced that it would introduce mandatory drug screening for all foreign workers. Similarly, the Indian government has launched a national program to conduct drug screening tests for truck drivers.

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Companies Dominating the Drug Screening Landscape

    • Quest Diagnostics
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)
    • Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Alere Inc.
    • Siemens Healthineers
    • Shimadzu Corporation
    • F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
    • Express Diagnostics International Inc.
    • OraSure Technologies
    • Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA


In The News

  • Quest Diagnostics: Quest Diagnostics announced that it had received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new test that can detect the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. The test is called the "Quest SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test for the detection of the Omicron variant" and is designed to be used with respiratory specimens.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific: Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it had completed the acquisition of PPD, a leading global contract research organization (CRO). The acquisition will expand Thermo Fisher's capabilities in clinical research services and strengthen its position in the healthcare and life sciences markets. The acquisition was valued at USD 27.2 billion and is one of the largest in the history of the healthcare industry.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 4891
  • Published Date: May 02, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing prevalence of drug abuse, and stringent government regulations are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market size of drug screening is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 19.80% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035.

The major players in the market are Shimadzu Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Express Diagnostics International Inc., OraSure Technologies, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, and others.

The market is segmented by product type, end user, and by region.

The hospital segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The variability in drug test results is estimated to be the growth hindering factor for the market expansion.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The market is segmented by product type, end user, and by region.
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