At Adams' request, two physicians showed the governor how naloxone is administered by injection or nasal mist.
It was not immediately clear what situation Adams was referring to and what happened on the flight.
Adams tweeted that the patient was doing well and, like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist.
The patient woke up, and Adams determined it was best for the plane to return to the gate and for the patient to go to a hospital for further evaluation.
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The vice admiral, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to MS for a panel discussion on opioid abuse, ABC News reported.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Claude Brunson, UMMC senior adviser to the vice chancellor for external affairs and fellow anesthesiologist, who extended the invitation to Adams.
Shortly after Dr. Adams posted the selfie, in which it appears he is still on board the plane, Delta replied - thanking him for volunteering, for his service, and for sharing the news. "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.
By training, Adams is an anaesthesiologist and was earlier a health commissioner in IN, before becoming the US Surgeon General.