Group Drug Overdose in the South Side Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Hospitalized


Three out of seven people, all wearing orange wristbands, died early in the morning on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019,  in a Pittsburg apartment complex – the rest have been hospitalized. The victims were found, in critical condition after overdosing on drugs, by the police in response to a medical emergency call around 2 a.m.

A call directing the paramedics to the Southside Works City Apartments allowed police officers to find five of the victims inside the apartment, one in the elevator and another who was passed out outside the apartment building and later died. Police identified all of the victims to be male and are believed to be middle-aged.

The reasons behind the wristbands remain unclear, however, officers found that “multiple venues” give out wristbands for private events. The police further connected the orange wristbands to a venue where the men possibly arrived at together Saturday night.

All men found in the apartment were immediately taken to the hospital in critical condition, officials said. “To be clear, this was not a case of a tainted drug being passed around or distributed in large volume at a large venue which could have affected even more people,” a police statement reads. “It appears to have been isolated to a single location.”

Police have located several venues that took place around that time and passed out the same wristbands but cannot name a specific venue where the victims were before they overdosed. Police found it likely that the victims attended the venue together before going to a “second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs.”

After the men were found, authorities checked the building’s air quality and it came back negative, determining there to be no evidence of a part or drug paraphernalia.

Written by Brielle R. Buford


ABC News: At least 3 dead in Pittsburgh drug-overdose horror

BBC News: Pittsburgh police probe wristband-wearer drug deaths

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