Our Story

Steady began in November 2015 as an “any positive change” support group. Steady founder, Conner Adams, facilitated those group meetings and with the help of friends delivered naloxone and needles throughout Western NC to folks who use drugs and their friends and family.

In the spring of 2016, Conner gathered a group of people together to form Steady Collective’s first board. Hill Brown, Steady’s director from 2018 to 2021, was part of that founding board.

In initial meetings we excitedly talked about the prospect of House Bill 972 becoming law and making syringe access programs legal in North Carolina. In July, 972 did pass and Steady board members and volunteers began the work of securing sites where comprehensive, nonjudgmental harm reduction services could be provided to folks who use drugs.

In October of 2016, less than a year after Conner’s first support group meeting, Steady had its first syringe access outreach day in the back of Firestorm Books in West Asheville.

We still set up shop outside Firestorm Books every Tuesday afternoon. We also now distribute clean injecting equipment and naloxone in several other locations in Asheville.

Conner’s vision, that Steady would be a collective that centered the voices of former and active drug users at every level of the organization, a “nothing about us without us” model, is alive and well. We believe in solidarity, and the needs and hopes of folks who use drugs come first in everything we do.

Syringe Access

Naloxone Distribution

Steady’s Mobile Distribution Vehicle
Tuesdays 1:30pm-4pm
-Mobile Distribution-
 In front of Firestorm Books & Coop
610 Haywood Road, West Asheville
Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm
-Mobile Distribution-
Sly Grog Lounge Parking Lot (next to Haywood St. Congregation)
271 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville
Fridays 2pm-5pm
-Mobile Distribution-
Pisgah View Apartments (next to bus stop)

Our Approach

harm reduction, not handcuffs

Steady in the news:

1/3/17 khn.org
1/25/17 mountainx.com
4/4/17 citizen-times.com
8/31/17 ashevillefm.org
9/19/17 independantmail.com
9/22/17 huffingtonpost.com
11/6/17 wlos.com 1/4/18 youtube.com 
2/19/18 wpvmfm.org
8/11/18 mountainx.com 
8/12/18 thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org 
8/13/18 mountainx.com 
8/17/18 citizen-times.com 
9/22/18 mountainx.com 
9/25/2018 Medium.com
10/4/2018 Public Health Post
10/15/18 ashevilleblade.com 
10/27/2018 WLOS
12/2/2018 WLOS 4/15/2020 100daysinappalachia.com
4/18/2020 thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org