Former Inuvik nurse who stole drugs vows to kick addiction
Ben Cox self-published a memoir in 2013
A nurse who was caught stealing and using drugs from Inuvik, N.W.T.'s hospital in 2011 says he's still fighting his addictions.
Ben Cox left his home in Nova Scotia to work as an emergency room nurse at the Inuvik hospital in 2008. Between 2009 and 2011, Cox stole and abused narcotic drugs from the hospital. He was caught in 2011.
"It took me to hit a wall, to hit my rock bottom, which was losing my career and everyone knowing something so terrible I was doing and facing jail time to get real," he said.
Cox was convicted of one count of forging documents and one count of theft under $5,000, and received a 12-month conditional sentence and one year of probation.
Then he started writing down his experiences and self-published a book.
But after launching his book, he started drinking and was caught stealing from another employer — this time he was taking and abusing alcohol from the bar he worked at.
Cox said he's still trying to beat his addictions, and says it's been a month since he's had a drink.
"One's too many and a thousand is never enough so I can't have a drink," he says.
He's had another edition of his book published and just auditioned for CBC's Dragon's Den. His pitch? A company that publishes stories of people's struggles and how they're overcoming them.