Five drugs influenced the behavior champion golfer Tiger Woods exhibited when he was pulled over in Jupiter, Fla., three months ago.
Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) were found to be in Woods’ system the night he was arrested and charged with a DUI, according to a Monday, Aug. 14, toxicology report obtained by ESPN. In layman’s terms, the four-time Masters champion had been found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle in May with a combination of painkillers, mood and sleep drugs and traces of marijuana in his system; medicinal marijuana is legal in Florida.
“As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications,” Woods said Monday in a statement to USA Today Sports. “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.
“Regarding my back, I recently spoke to my surgeon and he’s very pleased with how my fusion is healing. I’m right on schedule. I’m now doing some light lifting, riding a stationary bike and putting a little.”
Last week, the Associated Press reported Woods, who was found with no trace of alcohol in his system when he was arrested, pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge. Adrienne Ellis, the Palm Beach County chief assistant state attorney, told ABC News Woods will enter a one-year diversion program for DUI offenders in Palm Beach County. Some of the requirements include community service and a “Victim Impact Panel,” where real-life drinking and drug-related crashes are discussed in class.