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Tiger Woods Had 5 Drugs In His System At the Time of His Arrest


Tiger Eldrick Woods appears in a booking photo released by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., May 29, 2017. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERSTHIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY

Tiger Woods had a few drugs in his system when he was arrested back on May 29.

When Tiger Woods was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, the golfer had five different drugs in his system, a toxicology report released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said this week.

Citing the report, CNN listed the cocktail of drugs found in Woods’ urine:

  • THC, the active ingredient in marijuana
  • The painkillers hydrocodone and hydromorphone, known by their brand names Vicodin and Dilaudid
  • The sleep drug zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien
  • The anti-anxiety medication alprazolam (commonly known as Xanax)

Taking alprazolam with hydrocodone and hydromorphone is known to have serious side effects, including dizziness, extreme sleepiness and slowed or difficult breathing, CNN reported.

In a statement released on Monday, Woods, 41, said that he had been self-medicating to treat “back pain and a sleep disorder,” but had since sought professional help to manage his medications.

“I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance. I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me.” 

In the early hours of May 29, police in Jupiter, Florida found Woods asleep at the wheel in his Mercedes-Benz. His car had been stopped in the right lane of the road with the brake lights and right turn signal on, per the arrest report. The car also had two flat tires as well as damaged rims and bumpers.

Dashcam footage showed Woods being cooperative with police but visibly disoriented.Woods told officers that he had not been drinking, a fact that was confirmed by a Breathalyzer test.

After the arrest, Woods released a statement saying he had suffered an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”

“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too,” Woods stated. “I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”

According to ESPN, Woods pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving last week and entered a diversion program. If he completes the program, Woods could ask a judge to remove the reckless driving conviction from his record.

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