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Since the 1990s, painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet have been commonly used to treat severe pain following injury or major surgery. Now deaths from abusing those kinds of drugs are soaring, and the CDC is urging doctors to reconsider whether prescription painkillers are really necessary in certain cases, reports NBC’s Kate Show. Dr. Mehmet Oz tells TODAY that “we went too far” in prescribing opioids; most people “don’t need narcotics” even after major surgery. He also suggests exercise and alternative treatments for people with chronic pain before they resort to opiods.