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Tiger Woods and the Ambien bombshell they aren't chasing. (1 of 3 in a series)

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When you are two-timing your wife and the number of women involved hits double digits, you're on your own, Jack. Unfortunately all that salacious material is like catnip for the media. In their mad dash to catch the next scoop, one important detail got overlooked in the frenzy. Consequently, there is a bombshell the media has missed.

When I say "bombshell", I'm not talking about bimbos. I'm talking about billions. I'm not interested in stories about people I will never meet, but I am interested in stories that could affect people near and dear to me. So should you.

I was never comfortable with the original story because it didn't make sense. Something was missing. Once I show you what that was, it will make perfect sense. Then you will see why the media is reluctant to chase it.

Here's a summary of the original story:

About 2 AM, Tiger Woods crashes his car into a fire hydrant then a tree. His wife breaks the window with a gulf club to extricate him from the car. Neighbors report Woods was snoring on the lawn when police arrived. The police inspect the scene. Tiger Woods declines to talk with them so they leave.

Then we start finding about all the women... people start chasing skirt like nobody's business and that's where all the attention goes.

But back up a second. What the hell happened that caused the police to come out, in the first place? The official report was the accident was not alcohol related. The guy was clearly impaired by something. If the guy is driving under the influence, he at least should get a ticket. Fame gets you only so far.

The original story was the wife used the golf club to smash the window to "extricate" Woods from the car? That's bizarre. But once you hear about his extra-marital dalliances, this starts to sounds more like a domestic disupte issue than anything else. Why would the police ignore that? Fame gets you only so far.

Amidst all the noise, we learn Woods was admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose. One symptom, trouble breathing. What did he overdose on? Good question. However, he had legitimate prescriptions for Vicodin and Ambien. Ambien? Oh dear. Now everything makes perfect sense.

As it turns out there are two forms of Ambien. Ambien and Ambien CR. Ambien puts you to sleep quickly. Ambien CR keeps you asleep. Here's what the manufacturer says about Ambien CR in their own TV commercial:

When taking Ambien CR don't drive or operate machinery.
(makes sense)

Sleepwalking, eating or driving while not fully awake with memory loss
for the event,
(did they driving?)

as well as abnormal behavior such as being more outgoing, or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation, and hallucinations may occur.
(hallucinations?)

Don't take it with alcohol as it may increase these behaviors.
(what about Vicodin?)

Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling of your tongue or throat, may occur and in rare cases may be fatal.
(would that lead to difficulty breathing?)

Side effects may include next day drowsiness, dizziness, and headache.

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