Police investigating rash of heroin deaths, nonfatal overdoses

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Police continue to investigate a rash of possible heroin deaths and some nonfatal overdoses in the city during the past week.

Pittsburgh police and the Allegheny County medical examiner's office yesterday were investigating the death of a man at an apartment building, Downtown, Saturday night.

Around 11:30 p.m., police and emergency personnel responded to a call at 301 Third Ave. When police entered the apartment, they found Charles Dale Kitzinger, 42, dead inside, possibly of a heroin overdose.

Mr. Kitzinger's death was the second in less than 24 hours at the Downtown apartment building.

Police also responded to five other nonfatal heroin overdoses Saturday night -- one each in Spring Hill, Elliott and Knoxville and two in the Hill District.

Toxicology results weren't complete yesterday on any of the victims, and police said they don't know yet if any of the cases are connected or are related to a particular batch of bad heroin.

On Friday, police found Leslie Williams, 48, at 8:36 p.m. at a residence on La Place Street in the Hill District. Investigators found a syringe near his body.

About two hours later, the body of a 58-year-old man, identified as Stephen Nagy, was found in a room at the Wood Street Commons building, Downtown. Investigators found drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

Authorities said yesterday they don't know if the overdoses are related in any way to the deadly fentanyl-laced heroin that swept the nation over the summer and was suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Nate Guidry can be reached at nguidry@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3865.


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