Monday morning saw 14-time major golf champion Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI at approximately 3 AM and taken to Palm Beach County jail where he was later released on his own recognizance.
According to Woods, the incident was the result of a mix of pain medications prescribed after the pro golfer underwent back surgery to fuse two discs together 5 week previous. The operation may have been undertaken to remedy extreme pain from a herniated disc which taps nerves connected to the spine and can cause immense and consistent pain from which there is seemingly no escape. Fusing the discs often eliminates the pain but restricts mobility.
In a statement to the press, Woods said, “I understand the severity of what I did and take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
He continued with the following apologetic statement, “ I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
While it’s easy to understand the level of attention this incident has garnered due to the golf star’s immense fame and illustrious career this type of thing happens all too often where someone is prescribed medication from a physician and they may not realize the impact it’s having on their cognitive ability and motor skills especially where operating a vehicle is involved.
Whenever prescribed medication is involved it’s important to ask your physician about contraindicating medications and the potential negative impact they may have on your body.
We’re rooting for Tiger and wish him a speedy recovery.