Does this scene about drugs in my story violate community guidlines?

There’s this drug called fentanyl I think it’s a really strong drug when misued but it is also a prescribed pill. The mother in my story is passed out from taking alot of it (not an overdose though)
This is the script of the scene:

    LUCA (tinker_kneel_neutral_loop_rear)
Ma?
Cmon Ma
It's ok cmon wake up
There you go
Can you sit up for me?

@CERYS starts idle_sit_legsup_wounded_sad_loop
@LUCIA exits right

    CERYS (idle_sit_legsup_wounded_sad_loop)
Hey Enzo

    LUCA
Hey Ma
You promised you were going to stop doing it

    CERYS
I'm sorry baby

    CERYS
Forgive me?

    LUCA
What did you take Ma

@pause for 5

    LUCA
That means it's bad what was it Ma

    CERYS
Fentanyl

    LUCA
You took fentanyl?!
Oh my gosh Ma how much

    CERYS
I don't know around 700 or 800

    LUCA
Micrograms?

    CERYS
Yeah

    LUCA
Ok you'll be fine

    LUCA
You need help though Ma

    CERYS
No I don't

    CERYS
I'm in control this time

    LUCA
So why are you passed out at 3 in the afternoon

    CERYS
Time got ahead of me

    CERYS
Where's your sister

    LUCA
Ok try sit up

@CERYS spot 0.611 65 298 in zone 2 AND CERYS starts idle_sit_anklescrossed_sad_loop

    CERYS (talk_sit_coy)
Thanks baby
You always look after me

ANOTHER PART OF THE SCENE:
CERYS
I can handle looking after Lucia
Give me another chance

    LUCA
You can't Ma
What if you overdose with her here?

    CERYS
I wouldn't
And she knows to call the ambulance if something happens

    LUCA
That's my point Ma she shouldn't have to

    LUCA
I've never let Lucia see you overdosed or even sick have I?

    CERYS
You haven't
You've always taken care for me

These are the bits where drugs are spoken about…do you think this violates community guidlines in anyway…?

Yes, it violates guidelines. Specifically, these two:

  • No graphic/explicit/detailed descriptions or glorification of the use or effects of drugs, alcohol or tobacco
  • No characters may use hard drugs or associated paraphernalia, including but not limited to: cocaine, heroin or other injectables, non-prescription pills e.g. LSD, prescription brand or non-brand medication outside of prescribed use e.g. Xanax, unidentified powders or pills

They might have clarified which part of the guidelines that this scene violates in the email they sent you.

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Oh ok thanks! I haven’t recieved an email. I haven’t published this episode yet. What drugs can you use…?What do I need to change so it doesn’t violate the guidlines?

Mentioning drugs at all will grabs Episode’s attention in terms of finding things that violate their guidelines. I know in some circumstances it’s okay if the characters don’t dwell on the topic of drugs for too long in an episode (and if none of them are using any) so I’m not entirely sure how you can fix this scene without getting rid of the fact that the mother is using a drug altogether. There might be a way I’m just not sure since I know that’s the whole point of this scene.

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Ah damn it that’s annoying! Ok thanks anyways! Wait if I avoid mentioning drugs at all and portray the mother as sick would that be ok?

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That is perfectly fine!

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Ok tysm! I’ll send the re-write when I’m done

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This is the re-write with it not specifically specifiying drugs:

    LUCA (tinker_kneel_neutral_loop_rear)
Ma?
Cmon Ma
It's ok cmon wake up
There you go
Can you sit up for me?

@CERYS starts idle_sit_legsup_wounded_sad_loop
@LUCIA exits right

    CERYS (idle_sit_legsup_wounded_sad_loop)
Hey Enzo

    LUCA
Hey Ma
You promised you were going to stop doing this

    CERYS
I'm sorry baby

    CERYS
Forgive me?

    LUCA
How much Ma?

@pause for 5

    CERYS
*whispers*

    LUCA
Ok you'll be fine

    LUCA
You need help though Ma

    CERYS
No I don't

    CERYS
I'm in control this time

    LUCA
So why are you passed out at 3 in the afternoon

    CERYS
Time got ahead of me

    CERYS
Where's your sister

    LUCA
Ok try sit up

@CERYS spot 0.611 65 298 in zone 2 AND CERYS starts idle_sit_anklescrossed_sad_loop

    CERYS (talk_sit_coy)
Thanks baby
You always look after me

Do you think it needs more editing?

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No, it’s perfect love. :sparkles:

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Yessss !! Thank you so much for your help Naddy <3

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I think the key is that you can suggest it but not say it. And obviously not glorify it.
So as a reader, you get the idea without having the details. As a 12 year old, you should know that drugs are bad, but you might not know the types of drugs and what they do to your body. So you should write with that in mind.

Yeah that’s what I’ve tried to do now tysm x Yeah 100% not, in my story the brother is taking his sister away from his mom bc she’s not fit to look after her. Yeah ok thanks!!!

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