MECHANICSVILLE, Md. — Dr. Jerome Adams announced on Jan. 20 that he was resigning from the role of U.S. Surgeon General, after being asked to step down by the newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden. Adams was appointed in 2017 to the role of Surgeon General in 2017 by President Trump. He was the second African American Surgeon General and has been a prominent official during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I hope in 2021 and beyond, we can focus more on what unites us, and rise above what divides us,” Adams said. “Because Americans working together can overcome any obstacle or adversary. I stand at the ready to help in our mutual quest for recovery, resilience, and health, and thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity to serve.”

Adams was raised in Mechanicsville and graduated from Chopticon High School in 1992. He later went on to study at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is one of the highest-ranking government officials to ever come from the Southern Maryland region.

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Eric Colvin thanked Adams for his service in a post on Facebook.

“Thank you to St. Mary’s County’s own Jerome Adams for your service as U.S. Surgeon General,” Colvin said. “You were at the right place at the right time to help protect our serve our nation, and we are grateful!”

Adams had a very active tenure as the Surgeon General. He played a major part in the national response to three Category 5 hurricanes while serving.

Adams also launched several efforts to combat the use of e-cigarettes among minors and helped facilitate several studies looking into their effects and raising awareness of the dangers of underage use.

The opioid crisis was another major focus for Adams as he spent large amounts of his energy helping to combat the crisis. He cited the issue as personal to him since he has family members who have struggled with addiction. He also spoke about the importance of ending the stigmatization of those who suffer from addiction. In response, Adams oversaw a 400% availability increase of Naloxone nationally, in an effort to prevent deaths caused by drug overdoses. 

The COVID-19 pandemic was another major issue Adams addressed as Surgeon General. Being one of the major figures in the government response to the pandemic, he was often expected to make media appearances to provide the public with crucial information on preventing the spread of the disease.

In his official statement, he thanked members of his family and expressed gratitude for this experience saying it was the “honor of my life.”

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