Chris Christie discusses Tiger Woods saying he was on Xanax at the time of his DUI

Tiger Woods is worth around $700 million dollars. And yet (or because), now, in addition to claimed scripts for (cops had a lot of typos on the police report because these drugs are either illegal or non-existent) Turox (COX-2 inhibitor available in the UK and Australia -- illegal in the USA), Vioxx (COX-2 inhibitor which was discontinued a decade ago), 'Soloxex' (Which some have reasoned might be Soloxine - a popular thyroid medicine. Popular for dogs...) and one for Vicodin (a Schedule II combo of the opiate hydrocodone combined with the over-the-counter pain reliever acetaminophen) -- reports now have Tiger taking Xanax (a benzodiazepine) too.

IF all those meds were correct? He's lucky he didn't have a heart attack. Vioxx gave folks those. Thyroid meds if not hypothyroid? Speeds you up (think weight loss and heart palps).

But mixing Xanax and Vicodin might just calm those anxiety inducing feelings.

American Addiction Centers reports, "Medical professionals often research and warn against the dangers of polydrug use, or the ingestion of more than one type of drug. While polydrug use often centers on substances like alcohol, heroin, cocaine, or marijuana, there is a growing trend of mixing prescription medications for recreational purposes. Some users may attempt to mix opioid painkillers (e.g., Vicodin or oxycodone) and benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax or Valium) in an effort to enhance the painkilling or euphoric effects of opiates. This combination has drawn a great deal of attention due to its potential consequences."

Medpage Today adds:

Prescription records show that as use of opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin soared in the 2000s, so did the use of "benzos" such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan, as opioid users discovered tranquilizers could enhance "the high."

Data provided to the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today show the drugs are on the upswing again, increasing from 80 million prescriptions in 2006 to 94 million in 2013, according to IMS Health, a drug market research firm.

Now, thousands of Americans are dying each year after mixing opioids and benzodiazepines. The combination turned up in 30% of the 16,651 overdose deaths involving narcotic painkillers in 2010, the most recent year for which data were available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov. Chris Christie discussed today with Craig Carton. (Bonus: No Jerry Recco.)


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