55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Kratom Science Podcast
Kratom Science Podcast
55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Dr. Kirsten Smith is a post-doc fellow at National Institute on Drug Abuse. With a background in social work and working with communities with substance use disorder, Dr. Smith was instrumental in introducing kratom research to NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, where she works in the in the Real-world Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment Unit. Dr. Smith is also open about her own past history of heroin use and is focused on combining her real-world experience with her training in the sciences. We talk about her work with Kentuckians with a substance use history, her kratom research, and the work she’s doing currently at NIDA.

Dr. Smith’s NIDA bio https://irp.drugabuse.gov/staff-members/kirsten-smith-ph-d/

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  • Smith, K. E., & Lawson, T. (2017). Prevalence and motivations for kratom use in a sample of substance users enrolled in a residential treatment program. Drug and alcohol dependence, 180, 340–348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.08.034
  • Smith, K. E., Bunting, A. M., Walker, R., Hall, M. T., Grundmann, O., & Castillo, O. (2019). Non-Prescribed Buprenorphine Use Mediates the Relationship between Heroin Use and Kratom Use among a Sample of Polysubstance Users. Journal of psychoactive drugs, 51(4), 311–322. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2019.1597224
  • Smith, K. E., Tillson, M. D., Staton, M., & Winston, E. M. (2020). Characterization of diverted buprenorphine use among adults entering corrections-based drug treatment in Kentucky. Drug and alcohol dependence, 208, 107837. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107837
  • Stull, S. W., Smith, K. E., Vest, N. A., Effinger, D. P., & Epstein, D. H. (2021). Potential Value of the Insights and Lived Experiences of Addiction Researchers With Addiction. Journal of addiction medicine, 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000867. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/ADM.0000000000000867
  • Strickland, J. C., & Smith, K. E. (2021). Comment on Heilig et al.: The centrality of the brain and the fuzzy line of addiction. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 10.1038/s41386-021-01000-x. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-021-01000-x

Music: Risey, “Memories of Thailand”
The Kratom Science Podcast is written and produced by Brian Gallagher for KratomScience.com

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