Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tiger Woods reportedly had THC, four other drugs in system at time of arrest

Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system when police pulled him over in the middle of the night and arrested him on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter on Memorial Day weekend, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, Woods had two pain killers (Vicodin, Dilaudid), two mood/sleeping pills (Xanax, Ambien) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana.

Woods, 41, told police at the time of his arrest in May that he was taking the painkiller Vicodin after a recent back surgery and also had a prescription for Xanax. Medical marijuana use has been legal in Florida since Jan. 3.

It is not known if Woods had prescriptions for all of the medications.

Woods was scheduled to be arraigned last week on a DUI charge in Palm Beach County, but the arraignment was canceled shortly before it was to begin. Woods, a 14-time majors champion, entered a DUI diversion program as part of a plea agreement resulting from his arrest. According to prosecutors, the golfer will be placed under 12 months' probation, during which he cannot drink alcohol or take drugs, and he will be required to plead guilty to reckless driving and complete DUI education.

Since there is no longer an active criminal investigation, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office made the toxicology results available Monday and a copy was first obtained by ESPN.

Woods checked himself into a clinic in June to get help dealing with prescription drugs and announced last month he had completed treatment.

"As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications," Woods said 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."

Woods has had four surgeries on his back since the spring of 2014, the most recent being fusion surgery. He has not competed on the PGA tour since February and won't return this year. His last victory was in August 2013. His last major victory was the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods has won 79 official PGA Tour events, second only to Sam Snead. But he hasn't played in an event this year since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic after the first round in February.

Shortly before his arrest, he wrote on his website, "I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope. … I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again."

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