Updated: Jul 2
By Josh's wife, Kelly
East Haven, Connecticut
My husband, Josh Powell was an amazing brother, uncle, son, and husband. He excelled at everything he did. In high school, Josh was an exceptional athlete and shined in both football and basketball. He also showed great passion for carpentry and became a master of the craft.
Josh’s struggles began when he first started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana in high school. His experimentation continued through his twenties, but later he managed to straighten himself out. Josh started his own construction company; which became very successful. Josh was adored by all his customers and employees. He would always go out of his way to help anyone in need without any hesitation.
Josh had to undergo surgery and he was prescribed opiates to help manage the pain. Soon after, his behavior began to change. Josh became secretive and dismissive - a complete stranger.
Opioids robbed me of my beloved husband. I watched Josh disappear into a world of lies, theft, and desperation; things I didn't think were possible. It broke my heart. On July 18, 2015, Josh lost his battle with opioid addiction. He died from heroin laced Fentanyl intoxication, just 18 months after being prescribed opiates from his surgery.
Josh was 37 years old. I miss him every day.