Tiger Woods: Prescription Drug Usage and a DUI

News » Tiger Woods: Prescription Drug Usage and a DUI

Tiger Woods was recently arrested near his South Florida residence for driving under the influence (DUI).

Since that time, images of Woods’ mug shot have been widely circulated.

Information on the arrest detailed Woods’ demeanor included slurred speech, failure to complete a sobriety test and unconsciousness at the wheel, leading most people to assume Woods had been drinking.

But his BAC test results show that Woods had not consumed any alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel.

In fact, medication prescribed by Woods’ doctor was the sole reason for his incapacitated state.

While DUIs are most commonly associated with alcohol consumption, they are not limited to alcohol alone.

Drivers are considered “operating under the influence” if they have consumed any recreational drugs, or in Woods’ case, certain prescription medications.

Unlike alcohol, authorities cannot measure prescription medication to a standard in order to determine whether an individual is unable to operate a motor vehicle.

Rather, it is up to the officer’s own assessment of the driver’s state to decide whether someone has been rendered incapable of driving.

In the case of Woods’ arrest, the on-scene officers assessed Woods’ cognitive abilities before deeming him incapable of operating a vehicle.

After conducting BAC testing, alcohol was ruled out.

Further questioning and testing revealed that the golfer had consumed a cocktail of prescription medications.

Woods was arrested on scene and is now awaiting his arraignment scheduled for August 9.

If convicted, Woods may face fines of up to $2000, probation, or possible imprisonment of up to six months.

According to the police report, the golfer is currently prescribed Vicodin, Solarex, Torix, and Viox.

These medications were likely prescribed following a recent back surgery Tiger Woods underwent in late April.

Tiger Woods claimed that he was not aware of the danger of driving while using the medication although the labels for these prescriptions warn consumers of the associated risks with driving.

He explained in a statement, “I didn’t realize the mix of medication had affected me so strongly.”

Individuals with prescriptions often do not take into account that certain medications can affect cognitive functions to the same extent as alcohol.

It is important to be aware of the side effects involved with your prescription.

Check the label or talk to your healthcare professional to ensure that it is safe to operate a vehicle while taking your medication.

The potential ramifications of driving under the influence of prescription medication (that impinges upon your driving abilities) are the same as driving under the influence of any other substance.

If convicted, drivers face the same penalties as any alcohol or drug related DUI.

Even if you are not caught, the likelihood of being involved in an accident increases dramatically.

For example, a 2015 study by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that almost 43% of driver fatalities involved either prescription or illegal drugs in the driver’s system.

According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents where the driver tests positive for a medication or drug has doubled over the past decade.

Tiger Woods situation, though unfortunate for the 14-time PGA major champion, started a more important conversation: alcohol is not the only contributing factor of a DUI.

Driving under the influence of any debilitating substance, such as prescription medication or even opioids, is incredibly dangerous, not only for the driver but for other motorists as well.


Related Posts

The Opioid Epidemic: Addressing Our Nation’s Biggest Health Threat

January 19, 2018
Learn More

January 19, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic: Addressing Our Nation’s Biggest Health Threat

Addiction to Opioids – Epidemic Fueled by $46M in Payouts to Physicians

August 16, 2017
Learn More

August 16, 2017

Addiction to Opioids – Epidemic Fueled by $46M in Payouts to Physicians


Tom Lewis

TorHoerman Law was responsible for handling a medical case for our family. I was extremely impressed with their professionalism and ability to react quickly. They also did a nice job keeping us updated with the case throughout the process. This was the first time experiencing a situation like this and Tor Hoerman law did an excellent job from start to finish.

Jordan Terry

TorHoerman Law is an extraordinary law firm – a firm that truly makes the client’s best interests the primary concern. Their team of personal injury lawyers are experienced, personable, and well versed in a range of litigation areas. They are supported by a dedicated team of staff that are as equally friendly and helpful. I would recommend TorHoerman Law for any personal injury litigation needs.

Dave Woodley

All of my questions were answered quickly and in a way I could understand. Steve and the entire staff were friendly and professional.

Jordan Butler

I highly recommend this law firm! The attorneys and staff at THL worked hard, communicated every step of the process, kept me well informed at all times, and exceeded all expectations! The staff is kind, considerate, professional, and very experienced. Look no further, call now!

Maddy Moeller

Top-notch, hardworking attorneys!

Karen Hersman

A wonderful and professional legal team. They helped me when I needed expert legal representation! Thank you TorHoerman Law!

Angel Truesdale

They contacted me the next day. Very nice people!