Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system at time of arrest
Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in May 2017, according to a toxicology report that was released on Monday.
Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving last Wednesday, and he has agreed to enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his criminal record wiped clean if he completes it. Due to there being no active criminal investigation going on into the incident anymore, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office made the toxicology results available to the press, and it has revealed how heavily under the influence Woods was.
According to the report, the drugs that were in Woods' system were:
- Hydrocodone, which is a generic form of the painkiller that is commonly branded as Vicodin.
- Hydromorphone, a stronger painkiller than Vicodin and is more commonly known as Dilaudid.
- Alprazolam, a mood and sleep drug that is commonly regarded as Xanax.
- Zolpidem, a sleep-aid drug which is more commonly known as Ambien.
- Delta-9 carboxy THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
It is unknown if Woods had prescriptions for all the medicines, or if he had taken them voluntarily, however, medical Marijuana is legal in Florida, which could possibly explain the presence of THC.
After the arrest on 29 May 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic in June to receive help dealing with his addiction to prescription drugs, and announced last month that he had completed his rehab.
"As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications," said Woods on Monday in a statement released through a spokesman. "Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but 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."
Wood fell asleep at the wheel of his car while driving and he was observed by police when he pulled over on a road near to his home in Jupiter, Florida. The golfer failed multiple sobriety tests, but also blew 0.00 on a breathalyzer after being taken into custody, revealing that he had no alcohol in his system.
At the time of the arrest, Woods didn't know where he was when he was asked by officers, and he stumbled and swayed through the entirety of the sobriety test, the police dashboard camera video showed. Woods told officers that he was taking Vicodin and Xanax to cope with his back surgery that he had in April.
Woods has had four surgeries on his back since the spring of 2014, and it has believed that they have given him some serious discomfort over the past few years, leading to him becoming addicted to prescription medicine. He has not competed in the world of golf since February 2017, and it is highly unlikely that he will return to the golfing circuit anytime soon.
While he was stupid to take that amount of drugs and drive, Woods was clearly battling some serious demons at the time and we wish him all the best in his recovery.