The Sydney-based doctor who has traveled the world serving as medical director on numerous seasons of Mark Burnett's Survivor and Eco-Challenge reality series will not continue in that role following his admission to cocaine use and inappropriately obtaining prescription drugs, the New York Postreported Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Cohen was fined $15,000, ordered to repay the $28,000 cost of the drugs he stole and was told to perform his job for at least a year under the watchful eye of another doctor selected by the New South Wales Medical Tribunal, the Australian medical committee that oversaw his hearing. He must also enter therapy for abuse and pay legal fees associated with his hearing.
Throughout the hearings, which began in late January, Australian medical authorities claimed Cohen "regularly used cocaine" to "self-medicate" from 1998 to 2003. Cohen alleged obtained the pharmaceutical grade cocaine powder by using some of his patients' names to write improper prescriptions. He was also accused of inappropriately obtaining free "Doctor's Bag order" drugs, which are designed to provide doctors with free medication in emergencies, and using them for his commercial business.
Cohen told the tribunal he personally used cocaine recreationally beginning in 1998 and described his use from there as "sporadic and unpredictable" and added it was brought about by the stresses caused by his "unique business."