Pro-golfer Tiger Woods is pictured here during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates on February 2, 2017.  A newly revealed police report shows Woods had mixed Xanax and Vicodin on the day he was arrested on DUI charges last month in Jupiter, Florida.
Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Tiger Woods took mixture of Vicodin, Xanax before DUI arrest, police say

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Xanax was the mystery substance that was not revealed at the time of Woods’ arrest.

 Doctors warn that the anti-anxiety drug and Vicodin can be especially dangerous when mixed, hindering the body’s ability to breathe. In an August 2016 advisory, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of “serious risks and deaths” from combining benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, with opioid medicines, like Vicodin. That class of powerful narcotic medicines treats severe pain.

At 2 a.m. on Memorial Day, Jupiter police said, they found Woods asleep at the wheel of his damaged Mercedes-Benz.

Woods, who had undergone his fourth back surgery in April, said he had not had anything to drink that night but did take prescribed medications including Vicodin, police wrote in their report.

Woods said later in an official statement to reporters that he had had an “unexpected reaction” to the drugs.

When the police report first was made public, in two passages in which officers asked if Woods had taken any medication, his answer was blacked out. But a newly released version, which does not feature the redactions, reveals in both cases he said, “Xanax.”

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The drug — also known as Alprazolam — treats anxiety, insomnia, and seizures, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Woods’ Breathalyzer results came back as 0.000. His urine sample results have not been revealed.

Neither Woods’ publicist Glenn Greenspan, nor his attorney on the DUI case, Douglas Duncan, immediately responded to requests for comment.

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