Anthony Gause

Drug Awareness Committee Director
Augusta #964

Drug Awareness Committee

Programs & Info

Drug Awareness Committee News

Sanford Distributes Bikes for Drug Awareness!

On Tuesday, August 9th the Sanford Elks participated again this year in Sanford's National Night Out event. The lodge Drug Awareness Team distributed more than 150 bags full of school supplies to the children in attendance. This year we provided a few activities for...

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New Drug Awareness Contest Rules Posted

MEA Drug Awareness Director Anthony Gause has posted the new rules for 2022-23 for the Drug Awareness Contests. The theme for this year is "One Pill Can Kill," and will apply to the Coloring, Poster, Essay, and Video Contests. The purpose of the contests is to...

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Presque Isle Elks Once Again Host Fishing Derby

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, will once again sponsor the “Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs,” Youth Fishing Derby at Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle. Before the fishing derby, the Enfield hatchery of the Department of Inland Fisheries and...

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National Drug Awareness Video Contest Winner

Drug Awareness Committee

The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.


Since 1982, the Elks have developed an effective, community-based drug prevention program by partnering with federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and national organizations such as Pride Youth Programs. These partnerships ensure the Elks Drug Awareness Program addresses the leading drug abuse issues facing communities today.


Elks believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. With that in mind, the Elks Drug Awareness Program reaches out to youth of all ages and backgrounds. Through the 2,100 Lodges in communities across the country, Elks work to combat youth substance abuse. Elroy the Elk, the program’s mascot, reminds young kids that hugs are better than drugs, while older kids see the affects of alcohol consumption by wearing fatal vision goggles.


Every year, the Elks Drug Awareness Program hands out more than seven million pieces of anti-drug literature to parents, teachers and kids. The brochures are primarily distributed through the program’s 90 drug education trailers, which travel to community gatherings, such as fairs and sporting events. The Elks have also teamed with Marvel Comic Books to produce a book featuring Marvel superheroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking. Other educational materials offered by the program include prevention tools for parents, videos, coloring books, posters and public service announcements.


From a young age, the Drug Awareness Program asks kids to think about what it means to be drug free. Through the program’s annual essay and poster contests, kids can express their feelings on rejecting peer pressure. At events, including Red Ribbon Week ceremonies, Elks and their friends serve as role models who show kids that living drug free is the way to be


The Maine Elks Drug Awareness program utilizes the resources of the national Elks Drug Awareness Program to help educate students, parents, and teachers about the dangers of drug abuse.

The Association has many tools that it uses in the program to promote the awareness of these dangers. These include:

  • Two Drug Awareness Trailers loaded with drug awareness information in the form of flyers, pamphlets, and school supplies that help spread the message.
  • Four Drug Identification Kits
  • Two “Fatal Vision” Goggles
  • Elroy the Elk Mascot

In addition, the Committee conducts four Drug Awareness Contests within the State of Maine. These are:

  • Coloring Contest
  • Poster Contest
  • Essay Contest
  • Video Contest

Information on these contests can be found by clicking on the button at the top-left of this page.

The Maine Elks Drug Awareness Committee is committed to assisting Local Elk Lodges to promote Drug Awareness in their communities by providing the tools they can use to make a difference.

The Elks Drug Awareness Program’s website has an abundance of information, as well as activities and resources for students, parents, and teachers. You can check them out by clicking on the button below.


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