Tiger Woods Had 5 Drugs In His System After DUI Arrest, Police Say

By Keri Blakinger 08/17/17

Woods' toxicology reports have been made public by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Tiger Woods

Golf great Tiger Woods had a potent five-drug cocktail of THC, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax and Ambien in his system when he was arrested for a DUI charge last spring, according to reports. 

The Florida legend of the links agreed to plead guilty last week to reckless driving and enter a diversion program that could have the charge wiped from his record. Because the resolution in court put an end to the active investigation, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released toxicology results this week, and ESPN broke the news of the findings Monday.

Dilaudid and Vicodin are both opioid painkillers, while Xanax is a benzodiazepine often used for anxiety. Ambien is a sleep aid. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, and it’s not immediately clear which of the drugs Woods was prescribed. 

Woods was arrested back in May when police found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz along the side of a road 15 miles from his ritzy Jupiter home. In the days after his arrest, the 41-year-old golfer released a statement blaming post-back surgery meds for the incident. 

“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” he said at the time. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications affected me so strongly.” 

After the arrest, Woods went to a drug treatment program that ended for him last month. “I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance,” Woods said in a statement Tuesday. “I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress.”

Now, Woods will face a year of probation and a $250 fine as part of the diversion program, the Associated Press reported. He’ll have to attend DUI school, do community service and go to a workshop featuring victims of intoxicated drivers. If he finishes the program successfully, he can ask to have the reckless driving charge dropped.

Although the California native has scored 14 major titles, he’s been out of the game since February as a result of his back problems. His last win was in 2013, and he’s not expected to return to the links for more this year. But Woods stayed upbeat in his statement Tuesday, highlighting his improvements and recovery. 

“I recently spoke to my surgeon and he’s very pleased with how my fusion is healing,” he said. “I’m right on schedule. I’m now doing some light lifting, riding a stationary bike and putting a little.” 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.