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UPDATE: Blackwood Man's Plight Illustrates Difficulties Fighting Heroin

Sal Marchese, 26, was repeatedly denied help as he attempted to battle his illness, according to the Courier Post.

CORRECTION: A PREVIOUS VERSION OF THIS STORY INCORRECTLY STATED THAT MARCHESE "TOOK HIS OWN LIFE." THIS STATEMENT WAS INCORRECT, AS HE DID NOT TAKE HIS OWN LIFE. PATCH REGRETS THE ERROR
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A Blackwood man's problem battling heroin highlights the difficulty some people have escaping the drug's grasp in a story posted Sunday afternoon on the Courier Post's website.

Salvatore Marchese, 26, died following a five-year battle with heroin despite attempts to defeat the drug, according to the report. Marchese was allegedly denied admittance to an emergency room because heroin withdrawal isn't considered life threatening; denied admittance to treatment facilities because heroin treatment wasn't covered by his insurance; and was mostly unable to find shelter in a treatment facility because no beds were available.

Eventually, he succumbed to his struggle when he was found dead of a heroin overdose in his mother's car, according to the report.

To read the full report, click here.
Pat Zammer April 07, 2014 at 11:26 AM
So send this story to the governor and let's see what he is willing to do to clean this problem up in our state. We certainly collect enough money from the bridges, casinos, etc. to put some of it to GOOD USE.
Darren Gladden April 07, 2014 at 10:38 PM
No Pat the money has to go to his lawyers friends to investigate him .......only in new jersey
Renee Brussow Pilling April 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
i applaud you Mark Guarnere... this disease takes total control and kills daily. Its happened to the best of families, its a demon once its consumed someone that has hit rock bottom, and nobody is perfect, we all have issues. Never Judge or make fiun of other peoples shoes before checking your own souls first. We dont know what goes on behind everyones closed door. Its good to know there is help out there for people that need it. a few years ago i had a friend that also needed help and could not find a facility to help him, he died less then a year after confessing his addiction and trying to get help. so sad!
Sandra Deady Piesco April 15, 2014 at 01:48 AM
Mr. Bellano, thank you for updating this story. For those who read it prior to the update, please note that Sal did not take his life, but was the victim of an accidental fatal overdose. You can read about him here - https://www.facebook.com/4EverSal/info. Patty fought tirelessly (and succeeded) to get the NJ 911 Good Samaritan Law passed (https://www.facebook.com/Nj911GoodSamaritanBill)
Mark Guarnere April 15, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Thank you Renee, It is a difficult job to do, but so rewarding. The hardest part is getting the alcoholic or addict to admit they have this terrible disease and then be willing to get the help that we offer. But in the end if you do the work you get the rewards..Thank you for the kind words..

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