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Elks Drug Awareness Program

Literature for Drug Awareness is available to all Lodges. For proper documentation and accountability, the following ordering procedures must be followed:

ALL orders must be e-mailed to me FIRST at This will allow me to check inventory levels. Please include the items requested, what type of event they will be used for, the Lodge name and number, name of person requesting the order and where to send the material - either the Lodge or home address - No P.O. Boxes - orders cannot be sent to P.O. boxes. See menu at the left for order form.

Lodges have limits on material they can have. Grand Lodge is 1,000 pieces of literature per year with limited exceptions. State material is also going to be limited to the same amount for literature, red ribbons, bags and stickers. Other more costly items will hold different amounts. When orders are placed, I will check the amounts available and re-contact the ordering Lodge. I am working with the State Association to allow Lodges that require more than the allowable limits to be able to purchase those items from Lodge budgets for the cost of the items plus postage. Please remember that once orders are placed, you have to allow a reasonable amount of time for delivery. Grand Lodge items come thru Chicago, and the state does not carry inventories. Everything is ordered direct. When ordering, please allow enough time for the order to be processed and shipped well before your event – 2 to 3 weeks minimum and 4 to 6 weeks if possible.

All districts have an Elroy the Elk costume for their district use. New rules and procedures can be found on the menu at the left.

Jack Cantwell, PERIf your Lodge would like to use a Drug Awareness Trailer, please complete the trailer application form and submit it to me. I will review it and if all information is complete, I will forward the request to the appropriate drug trailer manager for the trailer’s release. If there is a problem with the form information, I will contact the requesting person to correct the problem in order to get the trailer to you.

Please understand that this procedure is to keep track of the drug program’s assets and to allow us to track and run the program more efficiently.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Jack Cantwell, PER

State Chairman,
Drug Awareness Education Committee
Elks Drug Awareness Program

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks welcomes you to the resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program - the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. We are very proud of our dedicated army of volunteers who freely give their time and talents to this most noble cause.

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 2019-20 Drug Awareness Contest theme is
“Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.”

Click here to see our 2019 Essay Contest Winners

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Elks Kid Zone
Latest Elks DAP News

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.

what heroes do cover

The printed version of the What Heroes Do comic book is available to be used in classroom situations.

To order a What Heroes Do Comic Book Kit, please contact your State Drug Awareness Chair-person for the order form (See Contacts for list of State Drug Awareness Chair-person). The order form needs to be signed by a school official and your State Drug Awareness Chair-person.

Click to view the online version

What Heroes Do: Teacher's Guide
A Lesson plan for Grades 3-6
By Neal Shultz

This teacher’s guide is brought to you and your students by The Elks Drug Awareness Program (DAP) working in close collaboration with their content partners, the DEA and FDNY.

Click this link to access the Teacher's Guide


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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