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Five drugs found in Woods’ system after arrest

Update: August, 15/2017 - 11:15
This file photo taken on September 28, 2016 shows USA Vice-Captain Tiger Woods smiling during a practice round ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota.— AFP Photo
Viet Nam News

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday.

A urine test revealed four other medications along with hydrocodone — which is sold under the brand name Vicodin.

Also present were the powerful painkiller hydromorphone; anxiety drug alprazolam (also known as Xanax); sleep drug zolpidem (also known as Ambien) and THC, which is a chemical component of marijuana.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office made the results public on Monday.

The 41-year-old Woods was arrested early in the morning May 29 in Jupiter, Florida. Police found him asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home.

He later said in a statement that his condition was the result of a reaction to mixing several prescription drugs.

Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion programme that will allow the 14-time major championship winning golfer to clear his record if he completes the programme.

In June he completed what he termed an intensive treatment programme to help him manage medications he was using to combat back pain and insomnia.

At the time of his arrest Woods was unable to tell officers where he was, stumbling through a field sobriety test. Woods told officers he was taking Vicodin and Xanax to deal with pain from April back surgery.

Woods has 79 career PGA Tour victories but isn’t currently playing after his latest back surgery — his fourth overall.

He won 14 majors, but the last one was in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines by outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 19-hole playoff. — AFP

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