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15 Aug, 2017 14:26

Tiger Woods had 5 drugs in system at time of DUI arrest – report

US golfer Tiger Woods had a mixture of five different drugs in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in May, a toxicology report has shown.
Tiger Woods had 5 drugs in system at time of DUI arrest – report

The toxicology results were released after Woods, 41, last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving.  

The report, as seen by ESPN, shows that the golfer had a cocktail of strong painkillers and sleep and anxiety drugs in his system, including Hydrocodone (a generic painkiller also branded as Vicodin), Hydromorphone (also known as Dilaudid), Alprazolam (also known as Xanax), and Zolpidem (commonly known as Ambien). THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was also detected. 

The urine sample was taken when Woods was arrested in May near his home in Florida, after being found asleep in his car at the side of the road in the early hours of the morning.

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Footage of the arrest later released by police showed Woods looking unsteady on his feet and unable to walk in a straight line. After the incident, the golfer promptly issued a statement saying that alcohol was not involved in the arrest, and that a mix of prescription painkillers was behind the incident.   

In pleading guilty to reckless driving last week, Woods agreed to attend a diversion program, which will allow him to have his record wiped clean, should he complete it.  

Woods released a statement through a spokesman a Monday, which read: "As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications.

“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."

The 14-time major winner has struggled with back injuries in recent seasons, and has seen several comeback attempts stall. He has not played competitively since February, and has been ruled out for the rest of the year.