May 27th 2008, 11:10
Last week I was in Chicago, where I'd started at university, and what impressed me most about the place was not the sheer size of Lake Michigan, the flatness of the Great Plains or even the deep-dish pizza.
What most hit me in the face was drugs. They were everywhere - in magazine ads, at airline checkout counters but especially on the air. I'd turn on the breakfast news, and hear ad after ad about Cialis or Allegra or
Claritin or Lunesta. Even drugs for dogs were being advertised on TV.