Ridgeland, a town with a total area of 126.4 km² of which 0.59% is water, is the county seat of Jasper County. Although it only had a population estimated at 3,811 as of 2019, opioid addiction has been a problem to small cities as much as large ones in recent times. Some part of Ridgeland extends into Beaufort County. Residents of Jasper or nearby cities may visit any methadone clinic in Ridgeland to treat opiate dependence. Methadone clinics assist people who rely psychologically or physically on the use of opioids. Although it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, doses of methadone are only available at methadone health centers that are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Methadone reduces craving and relieves pains. However, because of opioids could cause some negative psychological effects, methadone clinics in South Carolina and other states encourage the program enrollees to participate in counseling sessions. The patients are given doses of methadone and are closely monitored for the first few days of the opioid treatment program. The medication-assisted treatment professional notes the program enrollee’s reaction to the medication and adjusts the doses. Adjustment continues after the first few days. It is usually a reduction to the doses but the medication-assisted treatment practitioner may increase them.