Three Dead, Four Hospitalized in Pittsburgh as Police Suspect Drug-Related Overdose

Pittsburgh police investigators gather outside an apartment building on the city’s South Side where police say multiple people are dead and others are hospitalized in what they’re calling a “medical situation” Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Police said Sunday that all of the victims were wearing orange paper bands on their wrists. Authorities are asking the public for information on a party or event in which guests were given orange wrist bands. Police say they’ve identified two venues that were using orange wrist bands Saturday night.
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Three people are dead and four were hospitalized after a “party or event” on the south side of Pittsburgh, according to police.

Police Director Wendell Hissrich confirmed the deaths and hospitalizations on Sunday morning.

Police are looking for a party or event which may have distributed orange paper wrist bands. All seven victims were wearing orange paper wrist bands when they were found by police, according to a police report. The deaths and hospitalizations are being considered a drug-related overdose, according to press release.

Police said the seven victims had been at a venue together and then went to an apartment where “they apparently overdosed on drugs. The victims all took the narcotics at the same time and in the same location,” police said in a statement.

Five victims were found in one apartment and another victim was found in an elevator outside the apartment.

An additional victim was located on the street. All of the victims are men, according to local news station WPIX, and a man called 911 at approximately 2 a.m. for help.

Three of the four men who were hospitalized are in stable condition, police said. One is in critical condition.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Kalhan Rosenblatt