Most in USA think opioid abuse is not local — Surgeon general

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On Delta Flight 1827 from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta, a passenger lost consciousness while waiting for the flight to take off.

Adams continued, "Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist".

On Wednesday Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general, tweeted that Delta staff on his flight to Jackson, Mississippi, asked if there was a doctor on board to assist in a medical emergency.

Delta said in a statement Adams intervened when a passenger became ill.

It was not immediately clear what situation Adams was referring to and what happened on the flight.

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"The truth is, there are doctors, nurses and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights, and they ALL should be recognized and thanked", Adams wrote. Adams helped the passenger off the plane and telephoned their spouse with a recommendation to go to the hospital.

Delta responded to Adams tweet, thanking him for his service: "Hello, Wow!"

Among the expressions of congratulatory appreciation for the doctor was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Adams has since arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, the flight's destination, where he's speaking on a panel discussion on opioid abuse. We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as your service.

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