“So we are not in a situation where we expect people to be found in an overdosed state all over the city,” Pittsburgh police commander for narcotics Jason Lando said. The dead persons were identified asRubiel Clemente-Martinez, 32, of Columbus, Ohio; Joel Pecina, 32, of Coraopolis, and Josue Soberal Serrano, 38, of Carthage, Mo. The apartment building management had said in a statement that none of those who had overdosed were residents of SouthSide Works City Apartments. “The victims – including three people who died and four who remain hospitalized – appear to have been at the same venue together, and then to have gone to a second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs,” police wrote in a statement.
The seven victims, all men according to authorities, were wearing orange paper wristbands. This particular incident does not appear to be a case of a tainted drug being passed around at a large venue but police are concerned about a tainted, potentially deadly batch of drugs in the community. Officials still have not confirmed what caused those overdose deaths yet.