In a state where heroin addiction claims two lives a day, it would have been easy to overlook the death of accomplished local musician Justin P. Thouret. The 31-year-old drummer and tech school student overdosed in his home in Matawan on New Year’s Eve.As they fought through their tears – his mother, Marianne, found Justin’s body in his bedroom with the needle still in his arm – the parents decided they had to fight addiction in one of the few ways they knew how.They took their private pain and made it public. EXCLUSIVE: The Children of Heroin Series“Justin lost his battle to anxiety and substance abuse and succumbed to an accidental overdose,” his obituary in the Jan. 4 edition of the Asbury Park Press read.Writing those words took determination.The funeral home director sent the obituary back three times to the family, asking if it needed to be corrected, Claude Thouret Jr., Justin’s father, said. He and Marianne felt the funeral home’s response was not so much a rejection but a way of giving the grieving family opportunities to reconsider.“We wanted to make a difference in the world by helping people see that you can be honest about what happened and maybe save someone else in… Read full this story
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