Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County, had a population estimated at 35,000 in 2019. This is a decrease in population, something that has been recorded consistently for several years. Gadsden has a total area of 99.68 km² which means it could be home to more people than it currently has. People experiencing opioid addiction in the state may visit any Gadsden methadone clinic for medication-assisted treatment. There are about 1500 methadone clinics in the U.S., all attending to program enrollees who voluntarily signify interest in getting medication-assisted treatment. Some of the methadone clinics in Alabama offer additional social services. Although methadone is also used for pain management, it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for opioid use disorder. Methadone itself is at the risk of being diverted to the illicit market, hence, it is only taken under the supervision, and in compliance with the recommendations, of the medication-assisted treatment professional. After taking medication under close observation for a while, the medical practitioner may issue the permission to take medication at home, provided there is an agreement to give constant feedback. Methadone should not be shared. The medical practitioner dispenses the exact dosages needed. Methadone misuse may result in some health issues.