Nurse pilfers narcotics, ordered reinstated

Drug abuse is a disability, judge rules
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/30/2013

Addiction is a disability that must be accommodated, an arbitrator has decided.

After being caught with her hand in the cookie jar, a nurse at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ont., was fired for stealing drugs from her patients — but a judge ordered her reinstated, citing addiction as a disability.

The registered nurse — who is only referred to as "B.S." — was fired in May 2012, after being on long-term disability since February of 2011.