Drug abuse testing has been established to be a clinical screening process for detecting one or more illegal substances that patients are addicted to, such as narcotics, chemicals, or plant products. The patient's urine, saliva, blood, hair, or perspiration are tested as part of this clinical screening technique. Today's modern lifestyle tend to push adults towards drug usage, and the government is advocating Drugs of Abuse (DOA) testing to help them.
The North America portable alcohol and drug for abuse testing equipment market is estimated to be valued at US$ 683.7 Million in 2021 and expected to increase to US$ 1022.8 Million by 2028, witnessing a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period (2021-2028).
Figure 1. North America Portable Alcohol and Drug for Abuse Testing Equipment Market Share (%), in Terms of Value, By Country, 2021
The rising prevalence of drug addiction is expected to drive the growth of the North America portable alcohol and drug for abuse testing equipment market.
The increasing number of narcotics and drug addiction cases is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) had a substance use disorder in 2017.
Additionally, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2015, around 15.1 million adults aged 18 and older, which includes 9.8 million men and 5.3 million women, were reported to have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in the U.S. and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2016, an estimated 467,000 were addicted to heroin.
North America Portable Alcohol and Drug for Abuse Testing Equipment Market Report Coverage
|Base Year:||2020||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 683.7 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 to 2020||Forecast Period:||2021 to 2028|
|Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR:||5.9%||2028 Value Projection:||US$ 1022.8 Mn|
Lifeloc Technologies, Inc., Lion Laboratories Limited, Quest Products, Inc., Intoximeters, Inc., BACtrack, Alcolizer Pty Ltd., Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, C4 Development Ltd., Randox Laboratories Ltd., and Abbott Laboratories
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Figure 2. North America Portable Alcohol and Drug for Abuse Testing Equipment Market Share (%), By Product Type, 2021
Increasing government initiatives are expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.
Increasing initiatives by various government organizations to reduce the incidence of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are expected to increase the demand for alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment, and subsequently, drive the market growth over the forecast period. The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the major U.S. agency for conducting and promoting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and other alcohol-related issues. The National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) is funded by the NIAAA to investigate the effects of problematic alcohol use on the developing adolescent brain and to look for brain characteristics that predict alcohol use disorder.
For instance, in March 2016, the winners of the NIAAA's Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge, a challenge to create a small gadget that can measure blood alcohol levels in near real time, were announced. BACtrack, a firm known nationwide for inventing and marketing portable breath alcohol testers for consumer and professional usage, submitted the winning prototype and received the US$ 200,000 first prize.
North America Portable Alcohol and Drug for Abuse Testing Equipment Market – Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019, the disease has spread to over 100 countries across the globe. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent lockdown in various countries have impacted the financial status of businesses in all sectors. The private healthcare sector is one of the sectors, which is majorly impacted by the pandemic.
According to a research article published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2020, forced isolation and quarantine during COVID-19 can impact the behavior of drug abusers. Also, due to the stringent lockdown measures and social distancing to combat the coronavirus spread, an increase in alcohol and drug abuse is expected, further leading to isolated overdosing and posing a striking challenge for drug addicts.
North America Portable Alcohol and Drug for Abuse Testing Equipment Market: Restraint
Inaccurate and wrong results of some breathalyzers are hampering the North America portable alcohol and drug for abuse testing equipment market. For instance, in 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that the breathalyzer device launched by the U.S.-based company Breathometer Inc. was poorly tested, and it gave inaccurate results, telling users that they were sober or clear to drive when they were not.
Major players operating in the North America portable alcohol and drug for abuse testing equipment market include Lifeloc Technologies, Inc., Lion Laboratories Limited, Quest Products, Inc., Intoximeters, Inc., BACtrack, Alcolizer Pty Ltd., Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, C4 Development Ltd., Randox Laboratories Ltd., and Abbott Laboratories.
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