(St. Paul, MN) -- A new report says Minnesota saw a record number of overdose deaths last year.
The report, released Thursday by the State Department of Health, shows nearly 13 hundred people died from an OD last year. That's a 22 percent increase from the year before.
The department says fentanyl is to blame for the increase. Last year marked the first time that Greater Minnesota deaths saw a larger increase in overdose deaths than the Twin Cities metro area.
State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the report is alarming. Her solution is to make more Narcan kits available to bring people back after they OD.