Thanks so much for posting this, Dr. Fudin. As an Ehlers-Danlos patient with a keen interest in science, it frustrates me when people can’t get their facts right. If Vicodin is the same thing as heroin, then we might as well say that Maxalt (rizatriptan benzoate) is the same thing as a tricyclic antidepressant because both can contribute to serotonin syndrome. The website for the PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire” outlined the chemical differences between different kinds of opiates quite clearly; interested readers might want to check it out. (I can’t find a link, though.) I have never taken hydrocodone, but I used to use Tylenol w/ codeine in the past for acute pain. Now that I live in New York, I can’t even get a prescription for that. As a result, I’ve had to make a prescription for 20 Tylenol 3 stretch over the course of a year and a half. Some people would be gracious and say that they would never wish their pain on their worst enemy, but if my enemy worked for the FDA, I certainly would. Maybe it would provoke a change of perspective. Thank you for your advocacy.
Bill Hargreaves: Norman Reynolds was the production designer, so he asked for me. I did a lot of props, construction, and some of the special effects. Steve went on to pastures green. My main prop was as the SS officer walks into the tent he takes out what looks like nunchucks. You think he is going to use it as a torture implement. He then twists them into a coat hanger. A quick release whip-belt hook for Harrison. The bows and arrows and the blow pipes — nearly rejected by Mr. Spielberg, until I blew one across the prop room into the ever present dart board. “They will do,” he said, and left quickly. Also the torches that are used in the snake pit. Had to make some lightweight ones for climbing a cobra for closeups. Lots of bodies for the burial chamber. And the large sun god dressing the interior temple opening scenes.