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Vt. Senate approves bill designed to fight opiate abuse

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Senators greenlighted one of the final bills in a series of measures designed to combat opiate abuse.

The Vermont Senate voted in favor of new regulations for precious metals dealers, like pawn shops. The bill would implement a 10-day holding period for some items before they can be resold and require dealers to keep a record of sellers.

Senate leaders say the goal is to stop the secondary trade in stolen precious metals which addicts use to help fund their habits.

"It's a problem that we've been working on in multiple committees, on multiple time-frames, all of them accelerated, with the idea that this is a problem that needs serious attention in a rapid manner," said Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden County.

The measure calls for law enforcement changes as well. Police would be required to develop a stolen property notification system and conduct background checks on dealers as part of a certification process.

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