www.stopdrugdeath.com is owned and operated by the Joshua Busch Memorial Fund (www.joshuabusch.org). The Fund is dedicated to research, education, and treatment directed toward prevention of untimely death among college students.
Over 70% of deaths in the college age population are due to accidents (primarily traffic and drug overdose), suicide, and homicide. Each of these seemingly preventable causes of death are appropriate subjects for the Joshua Busch Fund. As the Fund Administrators, Joshua's parents (Daniel A. Busch and Judith A. Skerchock) began to explore these causes of untimely death among college students. As they learned more, they were alarmed by the rapid rise in deaths due to prescription substance abuse, particularly prescription opiates.
Thus, this first web site is devoted to the problem of death due to prescription drug overdose.
Joshua Spencer Busch was born in Chicago, IL, on Dec. 18, 1989, and died suddenly and unexpectedly on August 23, 2011, in Decatur, Georgia, just before starting his senior year in the BBA Program at Goizueta Business School at Emory University; he would have been eligible to sit for the CPA exam upon graduation.
Josh's wide-ranging interests included entrepreneurial activities, bicycle riding and repair, ice hockey, lacrosse, photography, electronic music, automobiles, and keeping track of the financial markets and the latest developments in computers and cellular phones.
He was liked and loved. The Director of the BBA Program at Emory said, “I was extremely impressed by the diversity of his interests and his propensity to pursue goals that stretched his capacity.” A college friend said, “He was really willing to go out of his way to help people whether they were friends already, whether it was a brother in AKPsi (an honor business fraternity) or whether it was a complete stranger.” The former AKPsi president said, “He transcended the typical Emory student’s perfectionism by engaging with the world as his own person. I was always amazed by his ability to stay cool in tough situations. Most of all, Josh always had the exact right words to put a smile on your face. His sense of humor and outlook on life made you feel calm just being around him. He lived his life with no regrets.”
Donations can be made directly through www.joshuabusch.org or can be mailed to the Joshua Busch Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 560, Winnetka, IL 60093.