Drug Awareness

Drug Awareness

Drug Awareness Director
Anthony Gause
Augusta Lodge #964

Letter from Director
The Drug Awareness Program Video Contest will be for Boys/Girls grades- 3 through 12.
Since 1983, the Maine Elks Drug Awareness Program has worked to prevent drug use by our youth through education. We recognize that we are not experts in the field of drug education. However, we do have the resources — in dollars, facilities and volunteers — to work with the experts to ensure that young people know the facts about drugs.

To accomplish this, the Drug Awareness Committee runs several programs throughout the year, including the distribution of Drug Awareness pamphlets, a Poster Contest, Coloring Contest, and an Essay Contest. In addition, seminars are held for local Lodge Drug Awareness Chairmen, to provide them with the latest information from Grand Lodge and beyond.

Each year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, through the Drug Awareness Program, presents the Enrique S. Camarena Award to a member of law enforcement who best exemplifies the qualities and principles – positive role-model, healthy lifestyle, outstanding contribution to the field of drug awareness/prevention, goes above and beyond normal duties, making a positive difference in community members lives, team player – for which Enrique gave his life.

Nominations for this award start at the local Lodge level.

Lodge Nomination Form & Award Criteria

The Association has 4 Drug Identification Kits and 2 pairs of Fatal Vision Goggles for use by Lodge Drug Awareness Committees. In addition, the MEA has two trailers, which includes drug awareness information and the Elks National Drug Awareness Mascot…”Elroy the Elk.”

The Elks, nationwide, distribute 125 million pieces of literature to students, their teachers and their parents each year.

Elks National Drug Awareness Program Resource Center