The City of Lowell has been experiencing overwhelming increases in drug abuse—specifically, opioid overdose—for the last few decades. In 2015, almost 6 percent of residents (579 out of just over 109,000) experienced opioid overdoses, 46 of which were fatal. In just the first three months of 2016, Lowell experienced 23 confirmed opioid overdose fatalities. To respond to this crisis and provide overdose victims with substance abuse treatment and social services, Lowell has developed the Community Opiate Outreach Program (CO-OP). CO-OP will additionally include services for children affected by opioid overdoses in their families through Project CARE (Child Assessment & Response Evaluation).