Tiger Woods Had FIVE Different Drugs In His System During DUI Arrest — Here's How Each Of Them Affected Him

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Details About The Uses, Interactions & Likelihood Of Addiction Re: All 5 Drugs Found In Tiger Woods' System On The Night Of His DUI
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They make for quite the powerful mix...

The toxicology report just released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department shows that "Tiger Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence" in May of 2017.

Woods shared the following statement regarding these findings:

"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."

Police records state that "Woods, 41, was found asleep on the side of a road in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz. The engine was running and the brake lights on, with the right turn signal flashing. The front and rear tires on the driver's side had gone flat, with both tire rims showing minor damage... A Breathalyzer registered 0.000 for alcohol... Woods said at the time of his arrest that alcohol was not involved and that he had 'an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.'" 

Below is the dashcam video recorded from the car of the arresting officers on the scene that night.

While there is no word yet as to whether or not he had/has prescriptions for any or all of the substances he ingested that night, the cocktail of powerful and addictive drugs in his system presents an alarming yet crystal clear picture of just why he would have appeared so incoherent when they cops happened upon him.

Here is a detailed look at each of the 5 drugs found in the golf legend's system, including how they affect you, their intended treatment purposes, side-effects and likelihood of causing addiction.  

1. Hydrocodone (the generic form of Vicodin)

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Hydrocodone belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain, and stops or prevents cough.

When hydrocodone is used for a long time, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. However, people who have continuing pain should not let the fear of dependence keep them from using narcotics to relieve their pain. Mental dependence (addiction) is not likely to occur when narcotics are used for this purpose. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects if treatment is stopped suddenly. However, severe withdrawal side effects can usually be prevented by gradually reducing the dose over a period of time before treatment is stopped completely."

 

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2. Hydromorphone (the generic form of Dilaudid)

WedMD offers the following details:

"This medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. Hydromorphone belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid narcotic) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain... If you have ongoing pain (such as due to cancer), your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting opioid medications. In that case, this medication might be used for sudden (breakthrough) pain only as needed. Other pain relievers (such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen) may also be prescribed..."

"This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, sweating, muscle aches) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication... Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction). This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past."

 

3. Alprazolam (the generic form of Xanax)

Everyday Health says this:

"Xanax is the brand name of alprazolam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders. Xanax is prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety associated with depression, and panic disorder. Other uses include treatment of depression... The FDA warns that there are serious risks associated with using Xanax or other benzodiazepines at the same time as opioid analgesics, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, among others, or with opioid-containing cough products...

Xanax can make you drowsy and decrease your ability to drive safely or operate machinery. You may become particularly sleepy if Xanax is taken with other drugs that cause drowsiness, or if you’re elderly or debilitated. Xanax may be habit-forming, so do not take higher doses of the medication or use it for a longer time than your doctor recommends...

Xanax and other benzodiazepines are among the most widely abused drugs available today. Xanax is often abused for the fast-acting, relaxed 'high' it can give to people who take it, including people without a prescription. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), benzodiazepines like Xanax were responsible for most of the emergency-room visits attributed to central nervous system depressants in 2009. Taking opioids and benzodiazepines together can result in extreme sleepiness, slowed or difficult breathing, coma, or death."

 

4. Zolpidem (the generic form of Ambien)

WebMD's description of this drug includes these details:

"Zolpidem is used to treat sleep problems (insomnia) in adults. If you have trouble falling asleep, it helps you fall asleep faster, so you can get a better night's rest. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect. This medication is usually limited to short treatment periods of 1 to 2 weeks or less...

Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction). This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction."

 

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5. Delta-9 Carboxy THC

According to legal site Avvo.com, this is the metabolite of Delta-9 THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. In plain English, this means it is the chemical "which remains in the body after THC [marijuana] is consumed."

While medical use of marijuana is now legal in Florida, the bill making it so applies only to the following health conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Unspecified debilitating medical condition[s]... for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

And even if Woods has a diagnosis applicable to the policies put in place with the legalization of medical marijuana, none of the related legislation include any changes whatsoever to the definition of what constitutes driving under the influence in Florida, which absolutely includes the presence of THC.

Regardless, after Woods pleaded guilty last week to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program, there is no longer an active criminal investigation pending in this case. 

 

Senior Editor and happily-former divorce coach/mediator Arianna Jeret is a recognized expert on love, sex, and relationships (except when it comes to her own life, of course) who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Style, Fox News, Bustle, Parents and more. Join her Sundays at 10:15 PM EST when she answers ALL of your questions on Facebook Live on YourTango.Follow her on Twitter (@ariannajeret) and Instagram (@ariannajer).

 

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