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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.

UPDATE: Blackwood Man's Plight Illustrates Difficulties Fighting Heroin
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.

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