SKOWHEGAN — The Margaret Chase Smith Library recently announced the topic of its 21st annual essay contest is drug abuse.

As far back as 1951, Senator Smith warned that “one of the great threats to our country today is the preying of narcotic peddlers upon our children,” according to a news release fro the library. Since the 1980s, the nation has waged a war on drugs with mixed results. The Margaret Chase Smith Library invites Maine high school seniors to propose how they would address the current lethal drug epidemic.

Entries are due by April 1 and decisions will be announced on May 1.

Prizes are $50 for five honorable mentions, $250 for third place, $500 for second place, and $1,000 for first place.

For more information, visit www.mcslibrary.org or call John Taylor at 474-7133.