Golfing powerhouse Tiger Woods had taken a mixture of Xanax, a strong drug used to combat anxiety, and the painkiller Vicodin when he was arrested on May 29 on charges of driving under the influence, according to police in Jupiter, Florida, where Woods was stopped. Xanax was the mystery substance that was not revealed at the time of Woods’ arrest. Food and Drug Administration warned of “serious risks and deaths” from combining benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, with opioid medicines, like Vicodin. Doctors warn that the anti-anxiety drug and Vicodin can be especially dangerous when mixed, hindering the body’s ability to breathe. That class of powerful narcotic medicines treats severe pain. 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. Neither Woods’ publicist Glenn Greenspan, nor his attorney on the DUI case, Douglas Duncan, immediately responded to requests for comment. But a newly released version, which does not feature the redactions, reveals in both cases he said, “Xanax.” Related: Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges in Florida The drug — also known as Alprazolam — treats anxiety, insomnia, and seizures, according to the Food and Drug Administration. While most people think New Jersey DWI/DUI stops and arrests involve alcohol and commonly known controlled dangerous substances (CDS) like heroin and cocaine, it would surprise many who learn that prescription drugs carry the same penalties and are the rising trend in DWI cases. If a police officer stops you for DUI while under the influence of prescription drugs, you can face a 7 month loss of license for a first offense as well as other fines and penalties similar to a .10 alcohol DUI. Simply because the drug is available via prescription DOES NOT mean that the rules to their use and driving with them in your system don't apply. If you think about it logically, alcohol is legal but having too much can get you tagged for a DWI. The problem with prescription drugs is that there is no simple test so show that you are not impaired like there is for alcohol imparement. To the contrary, the police will use their investigative skills and Standard Field Sobriety Tests to make the case that you were under the influence at the time of your arrest. They may also use a trained DRE officer to prove their case. Under New Jersey DUI laws, prescription drugs are included in the legal definition of narcotics.
In DUI law, Pennsylvania considers prescription drugs prescribed by your doctor in. This includes prescription drugs, such as Ambien, Ativan and Xanax. Anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax are the basis for many DUI arrests in and around Los Angeles. Most of the time, drugs like Xanax are legitimately.