Jerome Adams, the Indiana state health commissioner, has been nominated to serve as Surgeon General by President Trump to succeed Vivek Murthy, who resigned in April.

The nomination is generating interest on both sides of the political aisle as well as among the public. That’s because two years ago, Adams was integral to addressing an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana by convincing then-Governor Mike Pence to provide a temporary free syringe exchange in order to slow the spread of the virus.

In light of the escalating opioid epidemic that is continuing to sweep across the U.S., many people are hopeful that Adams may hold similar sway in his new national post, if he is confirmed.