MONEY made from drug seizures must be spent on government education programmes to prevent more youngsters becoming hooked, support groups said yesterday. After the South China Morning Post revealed that abuse among youngsters had soared by 70 per cent over the past year, groups said the Government anti-drug budget of $2.5 million was inadequate. ''All the money the Government seizes from drugs and pushers should be ploughed back into the welfare of those suffering,'' said Chris Simpson, director of drug-users' support group KELY. ''The bottom line is that the Government is profiting from the drugs scene.'' Schools needed to speak to youngsters on their own level, he said. Support group representatives will meet government officials on Thursday to discuss the dramatic increase in the number of young addicts. Mr Simpson will tell the Drug Co-ordinating Committee the synthetic drug ''ecstasy'' is freely available at rave parties here. A spokesman for Parents Against Drug Abuse said the extent of Hong Kong's drug problem had to be accepted by parents, schools and the Government before it could be successfully tackled. ''I don't think enough money is being put into the problem. More resources are needed - in education in particular,'' he said. Narcotics Bureau Chief Inspector Richard Ladds said while heroin remained the chief menace, he was aware that ''ecstasy'' was available for between $300 and $350 a capsule. The Government said it was concerned about the rising trend and was increasing education and publicity. ''But we cannot just throw money at the problem,'' said principal assistant secretary for narcotics, Anissa Wong Sean-wee. ''It must be directed specifically, at our community involvement projects, seminars and workshops, schools, parents and the media.'' She did not believe legalisation of soft drugs was an option.