Since the last few years, there has been a huge rise in the usage of illicit drugs, especially amongst the younger population all over the world. This fact is authenticated in the World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which says that almost 203 million people in the world, in the age group 15—64 years, used illicit drugs in 2013. Furthermore, the report said that the total number of people in the world using illicit drugs increased to 246 million in 2015.
Apart from revealing the total number of illicit drug users in the world in 2013 and 2015, the UNODC also reported that the consumption of cannabis amongst the high-school kids in the U.S. increased from around 24.7% to 25.8% during 2012—2013. This escalating consumption of illicit drugs has considerably increased the need for drug testing, which has, in turn, led to the development of various testing equipment such as breath analyzers and rapid test kits. Owing to these reasons, the global drug of abuse (DOA) testing market will exhibit substantial growth in the forthcoming years.
Geographically, the North American drug of abuse testing market recorded the highest growth over the last few years. However, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is predicted to generate huge demand for drug testing methods in the years to come, mainly on account of the rising consumption of illegal drugs and the increasing implementation of strict drug testing protocols in workplaces in various APAC nations. As per a report produced by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), 115,421 illegal drug seizures were made from 2015 to 2016 by the various police agencies operating in the country.
Therefore, it can be said with full surety that the sales of drug testing equipment will shoot-up across the world in the near future, primarily because of the increasing consumption of illicit drugs all over the world.
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