Arbutus, a census-designated place in Baltimore County, has a total area of 16.83 km². As of 2010, it had a population estimated at 20,483 which was an increase to the figures of the previous years, as well as an increase to the probability of the city being home to a number of people experiencing opioid use disorder. People dealing with opioid addiction in the city may consider seeking medical help in any Arbutus methadone clinic. Opioid addiction is a situation where an individual relies psychologically or physically on the use of opioids. Usually, people want to quit but they find it difficult because craving is uncontrollable and withdrawal may be painful. To solve this, medication-assisted treatment practitioners replace opioids with other drugs, one of which is methadone, an approved medication by the Food and Drug Administration. Methadone combats the effects of opioids in the body. It lasts longer than opioids which means people may not have to take it as often as they take opioids. However, doses are decided by the health provider after considering the complete health history of the patient and the possible side effects the drug may have. All methadone clinics in Maryland require accreditation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.