US Surgeon General to Visit Medical Center Thursday

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Lauderdale, Florida to Jackson, Mississippi via Atlanta when a passenger lost consciousness on the tarmac prior to takeoff, a department of Health and Human Services spokesperson told 11Alive.

The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, says opioid abuse is a problem nationwide, but only a small percentage of Americans think it's an emergency in their own communities.

The #USPHS to which he referred is the United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corps.

It was not immediately clear what situation Adams was referring to and what happened on the flight. "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer", Delta said in a statement. Adams and two nurses came forward. He also went on to thank the "doctors, nurses, and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights".

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Delta airlines replied back to his tweet post and thanked him for 'volunteering as well as your service'.

According to local news affiliate WAPT, Adams is heading to Mississippi to speak at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday, where he will address the Trump administration's policies dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also offered up praise, tweeting, "Nice job, Dr. Adams!" on Wednesday.