President Trump has nominated Indiana’s health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, to be the next surgeon general, the White House announced Thursday.

If confirmed, Adams would replace Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was ousted by the Trump administration in April.

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  • DR. ADAMS: OPIOIDS ARE ONE THING…THE OTHER MEDS FOR DEPRESSION/STRESS-ANXIETY ARE “OTHER”…GRANTED, SOME BENZODIAZEPEINS ARE NARCOTIC BASED..OTHERS ARE
    NOT. GIVEN THE INCREASING RATE OF SUICIDES, AND VIOLENCE, ALONG WITH AGING AMERICANS, THE NEED FOR DRUG HELP IS CLIMBING, AND NOW, WE ARE HAVING HELPFUL MEDS TAKEN FROM US
    …WHY ARE PHARMACEUTICALS EVEN PERMITTED TO DEVELOP AND TRY TO SELL THEM….PHYSICIANS, PHARMACIES, ARE NOT ABLE TO PRESCRIBE FOR PATIENTS IN NEED ( WHO SHOULD NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY CLASSIFIED AS AN “ADDICT”). THE RESULTS OF THIS IS DEVASTATING. MENTAL/EMOTIONAL ISSUES ARE NOT AN OPTION….AND SPEAKING HUMANELY, THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE MEDICATIONS AVAILABLE TO ALL
    THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF BEING LEFT OUT ( IN LEFT FIELD) WITH NO COMPASSION IN TODAY’S MEDICAL SYSTEM, AND NO HOPE. YOU ARE CUTTING THE HANDS OFF OUR DOCTORS….WHO IS GOING
    TO REMEDY THIS DILEMMA? PLEASE BE AN ADVOCATE AND INTERCESSOR FOR THE MILLIONS OF US WHO HAVE NO ONE ELSE TO VOICE OUR DISTRESS TO. GOD BLESS YOU, SIR, IN YOUR WORK, AS YOU
    REMEMBER THE DEPRESSED WERE ONCE VALUED WORKERS…AND PARENTS. WE COULD BE REDEEMED BY A PUTTING AWAY SOME OF THIS DISCRIMINATION, AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE AND RESPECTED “HUMANS’ AGAIN. GOD HELP THIS NATION’S LAWMAKERS TAKE A NEW LOOK AT AMERICA’S PEOPLE AND FIND SOME MERCY IN OUR “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” DECISIONS. THANK YOU…PLEASE HELP US. LOUELLA (AGE 76)
    RETIRED AK STEEL CORP.

  • Wow, this guy actually sounds like he might be qualified to do his job, despite being chosen by Pence and Trump! A refreshing change from the parade of super-rich corporate moguls and long-term Republican hacks that have made up so much of Trump’s administration.

  • once again a civilian with no military experience or bearing is brought into this highly honored position to lead a uniform service and our nation’s medical team. We have so many talented and dedicated people within our uniform drinks highly qualified to be selected for that position. It’s kind of an insult if they are not even considered. Civilians don’t even know how to wear her uniform, and yet as Surgeon General they hold one of the highest military ranks in the land. Please submit this comment.

    • Are you upset because he is a male and not the current female? Perhaps because he is a physician and not a nurse? Perhaps because he is black? No current woman SG is black. Perhaps because he has no more military training than Dr. Murthy? No, the real reason you don’t like him is because Trump picked him. Elections have their consequences. Suck it up.

    • Mr. Adams is perfectly qualified, particularly given the opioid epidemic, which is the main health issue confronting the country right now. Also, it appears that he’s one of the very few leaders who is actually able to transcend the political madness and work with people at all levels on both sides of the aisle. I have worked with many military “leaders” who can suit up and serve up a “sir sandwich” when needed, but require “command and control” direction at all times before they can lift a pinky finger.

  • Umm..isn’t this the same cat who was the health commissioner in IN during the HIV epidemic there, then took forever to follow the CDC recommendations for the needle exchange program?? IDK about this dude. Besides, I’m Leary of anyone who says that they had a great meeting with the Cheeto.

  • I see in this article Dr. Adams states, “hiv was being transmitted by people injecting prescription painkillers”. Could he elaborate on that? Was it misuse of legitimate pain medication or was it actually abuse of illegal opioids, such as illegal heroin or illegal fentynal?

    What these Government agencies are doing is fighting chronic pain disease patients. We use legitimate prescription medications for a disease. The crisis is that they are targeting CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS. Chronic pain is now the epidemic. We are being caterogized and descriminated against for a medication we require to reduce our pain. No other chronic disease patient is targeted for their use of a prescription medication.
    What about the good of opioid medications. They are lifesaving medications for millions of Americans who live in constant, debilitating, chronic pain.
    Though the number of prescribed opioids are down, the overdose deaths are “reportedly, at an all time high”. So this system is not working.
    When a death does occur, there is no specific testing as to what opioid drugs attibuted to the death. Whether there were other drugs or alcohol in the system, or whether the specific “medication” was for that individual, was it illegally manufactured heroin, fentynal or carfentynal.
    The misuse of medication by legitimate chronic pain disease patients is .02-.6 %. It is use of illegal opioids and misuse of legal opioid medications that lead to abuse by citizens.
    The FDA, DEA, CDC and all other Government agencies need to go after the illegal fentynal and heroin producers and manufacturers, also, methamphetamine, cocaine and all other illegal drugs. Addicts will always have the illegal drugs and find a way to get them.
    Why is it that our physicians are no longer able to Doctor us? Why is it that these agencies can now Doctor us and practice medicine without a medical license? They are policing our physicians. I believe it is up to our physicians to treat us adequately and humanely with medication, so many of us desperately need, for our disease.
    This targeting is wrong! It is discrimination against legitimate chronic pain disease patients who use our MEDICATION responsibly.
    Addicts will find and use the illegal drugs of their choice. We pain disease patients are not addicts, we are PATIENTS, with an incurable disease. Medications are readily available to us for our conditions, that happens to fall into the same category as the illegal drugs.

    • Thank you. Great post.
      There is no biological marker for pain. Rather than a pain meter, they depend on self report. And pain meds are only temporary relief. If they don’t fix the “source” of the pain, ….the pt will be back. If the pt is poor, disheveled, or verbally challenged, they are accused of recreation use. “You are just trying to get high”.

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