Opioids Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

Global Opioids Market is Segmented by Product Type (Codeine, Fentanyl, Morphine, Meperidine, Methadone, and Other Product Types), Receptor Binding (Strong Agonist and Mild to Moderate Agonist), Application (Pain Management (Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Osteoarthritis Pain, and Other Pain Managements), Cold and Cough, Diarrhea, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The value is provided in (USD million) for the above segments.

Opioids Market Size

Opioids Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 23.94 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 28.78 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 3.75 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Opioids Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Opioids Market Analysis

The Global Opioids Market size is estimated at USD 23.94 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 28.78 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.75% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic showed many negative effects across the medical spectrum, which include a decrease in face-to-face appointments and an increase in telehealth visits. The COVID-19 pandemic also resulted in a period of isolation to maintain sufficient capacity in hospitals and to reduce the spread of the virus. Chronic pain was one of the hardest-hit fields from the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many patients overburdened with their chronic pain and their ongoing treatment delayed. For instance, according to a research article by Rajendra K Sahoo et a., published in the Indian Journal of Anesthesia 2020, the study results found that 63.16% of pain physicians had a fear of spreading or contracting the disease to patients' family members, 26.79% had impaired sleep, 1.43% physicians were feeling depressed, and 8.14% had feelings of anxiety. Also, opioid use at high doses and for long periods of time can impair immune system function, complicating the course of COVID-19 disease. In various stages of the COVID-19, potential suppression of parts of the immune response may be important in prevention, clinical support, and therapeutic use of medications.

Some of the other major factors driving the market growth include the increasing prevalence of diseases that cause chronic pain, such as cancer, arthritis, lower back pain, fibromyalgia and postsurgical pain, inclination toward extended-release formulations from the immediate release of opioids, and the rising focus on the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) by generic manufacturers.

Opioids are considered as most effective drugs for the management of pain. Moreover, their use in the management of chronic pain is considered to be standard practice in most parts of the world. Due to an increase in the burden of medical ailments, the Opioids market is expected to grow over the forecast period.

Furthermore, opioids play a key role in post-operative settings to provide adequate analgesia. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention October 2021 estimates, about 1 in 4 United States adults (23.7%) or about 58.5 million people have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and this is expected to reach 78 million by 2045. Opioid therapy is the mainstay of orthopedic treatment of patients with moderate to severe pain, and this helps to drives the overall growth of the market. However, factors such as the advent and legalization of cannabis as an alternative to opioids and prescription drug abuse are expected to impede market growth over the forecast period.

Opioids Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Opioids Market according to our research experts:

Strong Agonists are Expected to Hold Significant Market Share in the Receptor Binding Segment

An agonist is a drug molecule that triggers certain receptors in the brain. This agonist produces a significant physiological/pharmacological response when only a relatively small number of receptors are occupied, i.e., the drug has high intrinsic activity. Strong agonist opioids include fentanyl, morphine, dihydromorphinone, meperidine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

Globally, COVID-19 created a health crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, globally, health agencies were engaged in the prevention of infection and providing services to COVID-19 patients, leading to the cancellation of elective surgeries and elective consultations, which showed an effect on pain services by hospitals and pain clinics.

Methadone is a strong agonist that effectively treats addiction to opioid drugs (such as heroin). Strong agonists bind tightly to opioid receptors, which undergo significant conformational changes.

Globally, many people experience pain in their daily lives. For instance, as per the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2020 report estimates, chronic pain affects 1 in 5 Australians aged 45 and over.

The market players adopt various strategies such as product approvals and developments to expand their product portfolio, expansions, collaborations, and mergers to increase market share. For instance, In March 2020, Trevena Inc. received the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for OLINVYK (oliceridine), an opioid agonist indicated in adults to manage acute pain. Thus, the above-mentioned factors are expected to drive the segment growth in the near future.

Opioids Market: Estimated Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis Patients (in million), By Year, United States, 2020-2045

North America Dominates the Market and is Expected to Continue to Dominate in the Forecast Period

The major factors driving the market growth in North America include the rising incidence of orthopedic diseases, growing prevalence of chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes and rise in disposable income and surge in the geriatric population, and the presence of key market players in the region.

In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare systems to redistribute healthcare resources toward COVID-19 dedicated sites and intensive care units. During the COVID-19 pandemic 2020, chronic pain services that were non-urgent and outpatient and elective interventional procedures were reduced or interrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the risk of viral spread.

According to a research article by Filomena Puntillo et al., published in Best Practice and Research: Clinical Anesthesiology Journal 2020, chronic pain populations remain isolated with consequent social and psychological impact. The shutdown of pain services due to the lockdown imposed by the United States government during the COVID-19 pandemic affected chronic pain management.

As per the government of Canada, in 2021, around 7.6 million or one in five people (across the lifespan), live with chronic pain. In Canada, chronic pain had significant impacts on mental and physical health, family and community life, and the economy, with the total direct and indirect cost. Hence, owing to these factors, the studied market is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period.

Opioids Market - Growth Rate By Region

Opioids Industry Overview

The opioids market is fragmented and competitive. The market consists of several players. However, with the rising usage of opioids in medicines, more companies are trying to enter this market, especially in emerging markets. However, strict laws and stringent regulatory policies are deterring market penetration by small- and mid-sized companies. Some of the market players include Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, and Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P. 

Opioids Market Leaders

  1. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

  2. Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  3. Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC

  4. Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P.

  5. Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Opioids Market Concentration
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Opioids Market News

  • In January 2022, Trevena, Inc. announced that China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has accepted the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for OLINVYK (oliceridine) injection, a novel IV analgesic that has been approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic
  • In October 2021, Esteve Pharmaceuticals received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for SEGLENTIS (celecoxib and tramadol hydrochloride) for the management of acute pain in adults that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic.

Opioids Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Rising Prevalence of Orthopedic Diseases and Chronic Pain

      2. 4.2.2 Inclination toward Extended Release Formulations from Immediate Release of Opioids

      3. 4.2.3 Rising Focus on Abuse-deterrent Formulation (ADF) by Generic Manufacturers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Advent and Legalization of Cannabis as an Alternative to Opioids

      2. 4.3.2 Prescription Drug Abuse

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Codeine

      2. 5.1.2 Fentanyl

      3. 5.1.3 Morphine

      4. 5.1.4 Meperidine

      5. 5.1.5 Methadone

      6. 5.1.6 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By Receptor Binding

      1. 5.2.1 Strong Agonist

      2. 5.2.2 Mild to Moderate Agonist

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Pain Management

        1. Cancer Pain

        2. Neuropathic Pain

        3. Osteoarthritis Pain

        4. Other Pain Managements

      2. 5.3.2 Cold and Cough

      3. 5.3.3 Diarrhoea

      4. 5.3.4 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.4.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals LLC

      2. 6.1.2 Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P.

      3. 6.1.3 Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

      4. 6.1.4 Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Vertice Pharma LLC

      6. 6.1.6 Johnson and Johnson

      7. 6.1.7 AbbVie Inc (Allergan PLC)

      8. 6.1.8 Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC

      9. 6.1.9 Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Zyla Life Sciences (Egalet Corporation)

      11. 6.1.11 Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 Pfizer Inc.

      13. 6.1.13 AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc

      14. 6.1.14 Alcaliber SA

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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Opioids Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of the report, opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to reduce pain. They are primarily used for pain relief and for anesthesia. The global opioids market is segmented by product type (codeine, fentanyl, morphine, meperidine, methadone, and other product types), receptor binding (strong agonist and mild to moderate agonist), application (pain management (cancer pain, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis pain, and other pain management), cold and cough, diarrhea, and other applications), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions, globally. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Product Type
Other Product Types
By Receptor Binding
Strong Agonist
Mild to Moderate Agonist
By Application
Pain Management
Cancer Pain
Neuropathic Pain
Osteoarthritis Pain
Other Pain Managements
Cold and Cough
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America
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Opioids Market Research FAQs

The Global Opioids Market size is expected to reach USD 23.94 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 3.75% to reach USD 28.78 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Global Opioids Market size is expected to reach USD 23.94 billion.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc. are the major companies operating in the Global Opioids Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Opioids Market.

In 2023, the Global Opioids Market size was estimated at USD 23.07 billion. The report covers the Global Opioids Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Opioids Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Opioids Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Opioids market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Opioids analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Opioids Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)