Non-Prescribing Clinicians: What is Our Role in Helping Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

Presented by Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Meet Your Instructor

  • Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
    Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Dr. Dan Rhon is a clinician, active researcher, and assistant professor at Baylor University in Texas. He received an MPT and DSc through Baylor University, and then a DPT through Temple University. He attended a manual therapy clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and an orthopaedic clinical specialist (OCS). He completed a postdoc research fellowship through the University of Utah and has a strong research interest in the effectiveness of clinical care pathways for musculoskeletal disease, both at primary and specialty care levels, and the intersection of these two. He is a past recipient of the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA and the COL Mary Lipscomb Hamerick Lifetime Research Award.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the background of how opioids became mainstream in medicine, and their contribution to health status.
  2. Identify comorbid and chronic conditions that are related to the use of opioids.
  3. State the evidence regarding the efficacy of opioids for managing pain.
  4. Understand the practical roles that providers can take in helping decrease opioid use for chronic pain.


5:00pm-5:20pm Chapter 1: Opioids Mechanisms: Physiological Background
5:20pm-5:40pm Chapter 2: A Brief History of Opioid Use for Pain Management
5:40pm-6:00pm Chapter 3: The Opioid Problem in the US
6:00pm-6:20pm Chapter 4: How Effective are Opioids for Treating Pain?
6:20pm-6:30pm Break
6:30pm-7:00pm Chapter 5: Opioids and Comorbidities
7:00pm-7:30pm Chapter 6: The Role of Non-Physician Providers in Managing Pain
7:30pm-7:40pm Chapter 7: Closing Summary
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question and Answer