MO Lawmaker Says Alcohol, Surgery Don’t Mix

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  A Missouri House member wants to make it a crime for doctors to practice medicine while intoxicated.

Legislation by Republican Vicki Schneider of O’Fallon would make it a Class B misdemeanor to perform surgery or a medical procedure on a patient while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The doctor would face up to six months in jail.

An intoxicated doctor who physically injures the patient during surgery or a medical procedure could be charged with a Class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Schneider’s bill was introduced Wednesday.

It does not specify a blood-alcohol level at which a doctor would be considered intoxicated.

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